Tonight was an excellent win for Oklahoma City, this season is largely about the thunder’s ability to grow as a young core, tonight they did something mature teams tend to do. They held serve at home withstanding a crushingly bad first half for Kevin Durant who started 4 of 16 from the field. While normally this would mean Oklahoma City would at the least be down by half time.
That was not the case tonight, Kevin Martin absolutely went off on Indiana in the first half scoring 20 points, he would finish with 24. Oklahoma City would enter the third quarter up by a point, withstanding a shellacking of Serge Ibaka per David West. Collison managed to stop the bleeding by coming off the bench and immediately applying his full energy on West, Imagine that huh? This Collison fellow is on quite the mean streak.
Oklahoma City won this game with their defense. The Thunder currently rank second in the NBA by holding their opponents to an average of 42% shooting a game. That is punishing defense folks, they seem to have bought into the concept of using their length and athleticism to smother their opponents on the perimeter. Watching them switch and rotate is pretty enjoyable this season to say the least.
Defense remained the theme tonight when the Thunder held Indiana to 33% shooting in the second half The fourth quarter was absolutely controlled by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The sequence by Westbrook in the Fourth was nothing short of incredible. It began with a top 5 Honey Badger Highlight everright here. That was followed by a Westbrook jumper, a run down steal, and yet another Westbrook jumper.
Kevin Durant continues to hit big shots and grab huge rebounds. KD went 4-6 in the fourth quarter for 10 points and 5 rebounds. He finished with 27 points and Russell finished with 21 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Oklahoma City won 104 to Indiana’s 93.
One thing to take away from tonight was the Team’s ability to not have a let down loss after the maarquee win against Los Angeles. It’s important because those types of wins help build resolve, as well as always being a good barometer of where your team is at mentality wise in this part of the season.
8 in a row Thunder fans, hopefully the team is at 10 in a row when they play San Antonio, revenge would be nice.
Keys to the Game
Score Points: A
Oklahoma City came into this game the highest scoring team in the NBA, and they took on the lowest scoring team and it finally showed across in the second half as Oklahoma City turned a 10 point lead into the fourth quarter after leading by just one at halftime. It was nice to see Kevin light up the entire fourth after struggling for mots of the game.
Oklahoma City had just 10 turnovers tonight. They turned that into 15 Pacers points. However, they only forced seven turnovers by Indiana. Oklahoma City really took care of the ball for the most part. Heck, Durant had four of the turnovers tonight.
Kevin Martin: A+
Welcome back Kevin Martin! After basically being invisible last night, he came out and was on fire tonight! He had 22 first half points, finished with 24 points. However, all his first half points were needed. Every time the Pacers seem to be trying to put it to Oklahoma City due to the struggles by Westbrook and Durant, there was Martin with a huge shot. This is why he is around, this is why I love him.