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Thunder Win Fourth Straight, Destroy Charlotte 116-94

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The Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to Charlotte tonight, looking for a repeat of its first matchup with the Bobcats, which ended with a 45-point win. They did the best they could. Oklahoma City waltzed out of the Queen City with the 116-94 victory. Kevin Durant was impressive, dropping 19 points, 7 assists and 6 assists in just 24 game minutes. Oklahoma City won their 46th game and their fourth straight.

Charlotte was getting to the basket really well early, and the Thunder wasn’t doing much to stop it. The Bobcat offense looked much more impressive than the two teams’ first meeting. Gerald Henderson torched the Thunder early on, making his first five shots for 13 first quarter points.

Serge Ibaka was beastly early on. He scored eight of OKC’s first 13 points, including two powerful dunks. Thabo Sefolosha had it going early on also, scoring seven of the first 15 Thunder points. They would end up combining for 25 total points on 10-14 shooting in the game.

The game was pretty back and forth early on, with both teams shooting high percentages. OKC was down 29-28 at the end of the first quarter.

The Thunder started the second quarter with an impressive 19-0 run, with the bench scoring all 19 of those points. The bench had 30 first half points to go against 13 from Charlotte’s bench.

Russell Westbrook didn’t score until the final four minutes of the second quarter, but he did have three assists and zero turnovers. He still managed to tally eight first half points.

The Thunder offense was very impressive in the first half. The team dropped 64 points on 62 percent shooting. The scoring was spread all round too, with nine players scoring at least four points. The Thunder also had 15 assists against just six turnovers, and tallied eight offensive boards.

The Thunder defense was a bit better in the second quarter, holding the Bobcats to 21 points.

The third quarter was more Thunder. OKC started to pull away for good with more balanced scoring and tougher defense. Kevin Durant led the Thunder’s scoring with 10 points in the quarter. After three the Thunder was up 90-66.

The fourth quarter was all bench minutes for OKC. The reserves, led by Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher, were able to hold the lead, and the final score would be 116-94.

OKC’s offense was pretty impressive tonight. The team only had 11 turnovers and racked up 28 assists. By the game’s end, 12 Thunder players scored, each dropping at least four points.

The Thunder had the threes falling tonight also. The team shot 12-24 from beyond the arc.

Durant and Westbrook were relatively quiet tonight, but they still managed to combine for 30 points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.

Jackson played really well again tonight. He’s been playing with a lot of confidence lately, and showing why he took Eric Maynor’s spot.

Fisher was great tonight as well, dropping in 13 points on 5-6 shooting and adding three assists and three rebounds.

It was refreshing to see the bench play so well tonight. Though part of their scoring certainly came in the final quarter, the Thunder reserves were still able to drop 56 points.

This win wasn’t as decisive as the first game against Charlotte, but it was still a solid victory for OKC. The team will now prep for another big Sunday afternoon game, this time against the Boston Celtics.

Keys to the Game

Three pointers: A
The Thunder had the threes falling all night, going 12-24 as a team. Derek Fisher, Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Martin each had three a piece. Threes helped OKC build and maintain a sizable lead.

Turnovers: B
OKC limited turnovers for most of the game, finishing the contest with 11 overall.  Sure, we’d all like to see the Thunder keep them below 10, but 11 is certainly manageable.

Eyes on the Prize: B+
Early on it looked like Charlotte might make it a game, but that would change quickly. The Thunder took control in the second quarter and never let go. Nobody wants to see a repeat of the Wizards loss, and the Thunder players know that.

The Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to Charlotte tonight, looking for a repeat of itsfirst matchup with the Bobcats, which ended with a 45-point win.
Charlotte was getting to the basket really well early, and the Thunder wasn’t doingmuch to stop it. The Bobcat offense looked much more impressive than the twoteams’ first meeting. Gerald Henderson torched the Thunder early on, making hisfirst five shots for 13 first quarter points.
Serge Ibaka was beastly early on. He scored eight of OKC’s first 13 points, includingtwo powerful dunks. Thabo Sefolosha had it going early on also, scoring seven of thefirst 15 Thunder points. They would end up combining for 25 total points on 10-14shooting in the game.
The game was pretty back and forth early on, with both teams shooting highpercentages. OKC was down 29-28 at the end of the first quarter.
The Thunder started the second quarter with an impressive 19-0 run, with thebench scoring all 19 of those points. The bench had 30 first half points to go against13 from Charlotte’s bench.
Russell Westbrook didn’t score until the final four minutes of the second quarter,but he did have three assists and zero turnovers. He still managed to tally eight firsthalf points.
The Thunder offense was very impressive in the first half. The team dropped 64points on 62 percent shooting. The scoring was spread all round too, with nineplayers scoring at least four points. The Thunder also had 15 assists against just sixturnovers, and tallied eight offensive boards.
The Thunder defense was a bit better in the second quarter, holding the Bobcats to21 points.
The third quarter was more Thunder. OKC started to pull away for good with morebalanced scoring and tougher defense. Kevin Durant led the Thunder’s scoring with10 points in the quarter. After three the Thunder was up 90-66.
The fourth quarter was all bench minutes for OKC. The reserves, led by ReggieJackson and Derek Fisher, were able to hold the lead, and the final score would be116-94.
OKC’s offense was pretty impressive tonight. The team only had 11 turnovers andracked up 28 assists. By the game’s end, 12 Thunder players scored, each droppingat least four points.
The Thunder had the threes falling tonight also. The team shot 12-24 from beyondthe arc.
Durant and Westbrook were relatively quiet tonight, but they still managed tocombine for 30 points, nine rebounds and twelve assists.
Jackson played really well again tonight. He’s been playing with a lot of confidencelately, and showing why he took Eric Maynor’s spot.
Fisher was great tonight as well, dropping in 13 points on 5-6 shooting and addingthree assists and three rebounds.
It was refreshing to see the bench play so well tonight. Though part of their scoringcertainly came in the final quarter, the Thunder reserves were still able to drop 56points.
This win wasn’t as decisive as the first game against Charlotte, but it was still a solidvictory for OKC. The team will now prep for another big Sunday afternoon game,this time against the Boston Celtics.
Three pointers: AThe Thunder had the threes falling all night, going 12-24 as a team. Derek Fisher,Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Martin each had three a piece. Threes helped OKC buildand maintain a sizable lead.
Turnovers: BOKC limited turnovers for most of the game, finishing the contest with 11 overall.Sure, we’d all like to see the Thunder keep them below 10, but 11 is certainlymanageable.
Eyes on the Prize: B+Early on it looked like Charlotte might make it a game, but that would changequickly. The Thunder took control in the second quarter and never let go. Nobodywants to see a repeat of the Wizards loss, and the Thunder players know that.

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