This game started with a nice Russell Westbrook move to the rim, and it ended with a Westbrook domination. From the beginning of the game, Oklahoma City was back to their old form as Westbrook scored 22 points on 10-of-20 shooting in only his second game back. The Thunder used a big second quarter run to give themselves some distance and pull away for the 107-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
With the victory, Oklahoma City improves to 2-0 at home this season, and 3-1 overall. Westbrook was his old self, shooting the ball with confidence, snarling and showing that wild Russ face that we’ve all come to love over the years. His big time was his dunk in the ? quarter, going coast to coast, dropping the hammer for the wild dunk.
Monta Ellis was big for the Mavericks early, as Dallas (3-2), led early with the Thunder, 20-15, before Oklahoma City put in Jeremy Lamb, and Lamb hit the big three, cutting the lead. Westbrook hit the jumper at the free throw line, and Kevin Durant threw down a cross over that broke Vince Carter’s ankles, all of a sudden Oklahoma City tied the game up at 24-24 with three minutes left in the quarter.
After going back and forth through much of the second quarter, Steven Adams, checked in and immediately made an impact. He had a block, then got the slam and then on the very next play, was able to get the steal which led to the basket. Oklahoma City all of a sudden was on a 7-0 run, pushing the lead to 46-39 with 6:19 left in the first half.
Second half was a strong start for the Thunder. It’s something we weren’t used to last season. Oklahoma City scored the first six points of the half before Dallas would call a time out. It pushed the Thunder lead to double digits for the first time at 63-51 with just two minutes gone in the third quarter.
Serge Ibaka had a great second half, he grabbed seven rebounds and attributed eight points in the half. He was perfect from the field, going 4-of-4. He also contributed three blocks. He had just two total blocks on the season coming into the game.
Oklahoma City continued their onslaught of the Mavericks as they pushed their lead out to 15 points at 80-65 late in the third. Adams and Lamb were crucial to the Thunder pushing their lead out to 15 points. Lamb was huge, hitting two second half three-pointers.
The Mavericks went on a quick 8-2 run, cutting the Thunder lead to just nine points with 1:08 left in the third quarter, but the Thunder defense would not allow them to be any closer. Oklahoma City would lead by 17 on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter.
Keys to the game
Defend the Perimeter: C
Oklahoma City came in allowing a decent amount of three-point percentage, and kept the Mavericks slightly in check. Mavericks hit 9-of-23 three’s, for 39.1 percent. The real improvement came in the second half as Dallas went just 3-of-13 from behind the arc really allowed the Thunder to pull away.
I said the Thunder would need to find a way to score. They did. They scored 27 points in transition, combined with hitting five three-pointers. Oklahoma City scored a second high of 107 points and were very impressive in doing it. Five players scored in double figures and everyone who played found themselves in the scoring column. Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson and Steven Adams were very special tonight.
Thunder hit 5-of-13 three-pointers tonight, and that’s with Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha going a combine 0-of-4. Jeremy Lamb drained three big ones and every single of one of them seemed to spur some sort of Thunder momentum. Oklahoma City for the most part took good, quality three-point shots and they made them. Wild, right? Good job boys.