Oklahoma City held the Charlotte Bobcats to a franchise best half defensively to just 24 points, as Oklahoma City led 64-24 at halftime and pushed the lead to as much as 79-25 before the starters finally took a season. Oklahoma City went on to win 114-69. The win pushed Oklahoma City to 11-4 on the season and 7-2 at home this season. Charlotte fell to 7-6 and 2-3 on the road. Kevin Durant led the Thunder in scoring with 18 points. Russell Westbrook had a double-double with 12 points, 11 assists.
Oklahoma City started the quarter out a little sluggish. Bobcats came out had the lead three times at 2-0, 4-2 and 8-6. However, that would be the end of that. Oklahoma City hit the three ball from Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant. Oklahoma City pushed the lead up to 18-12, then ended the quarter on a 10-0 run that was capped by Nick Collison scoring the quarter’s final four points.
The second quarter was more of the same. Oklahoma City jumped on a 12-3 run to start the second quarter. After Charlotte hit a three-pointer, it was a 24-12 run by Oklahoma City to finish the quarter. It was capped by a 17-2 run by the Thunder. They forced Charlotte without a field goal in the final 4:22 of the second quarter. Oklahoma City led by a franchise record (OKC, not Seattle) 40 point margin at halftime, 64-24.
The Bobcats scoring just 24 points at half is a franchise best since moving to Oklahoma City.
It was much more of the same in the third quarter and much of the second half. Oklahoma City pushed the lead to 79-25 before Coach Scott Brooks finally called off the dogs and let the reserves play. Charlotte was able to get the lead down to 39 before Oklahoma City finally finished with a 114-69 victory. It’s great to point out that Hasheem Thabeet had a double-double tonight with 13 points and 10 rebounds. His 13 points is his career high. Every Thunder player scored as well.
Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City used the three ball to put the Bobcats out of this one early. Led by Thabo Sefolosha who knocked down four of them before being pulled due to the huge lead. It’s so nice to see for a change this season. Much difference from last season. Thunder finished with 13 made three-pointers.
Oklahoma City had just 10 turnovers before the starters sat down in the third quarter. A lot of tonight’s turnovers were just the team being really aggressive. The Bobcats never really forced any. It was a good night on the turnover side.
Eric Maynor: C
He wasn’t much of a factor tonight, and I still think think he struggled. He hit a three to push the Thunder lead back above 40 points in the fourth quarter, but that’s about it really.