Just two hours before the game, Derek Fisher signed his one year agreement with the Thunder. A little later, he checked in at the 1:42 mark in the first quarter to about a 45 second standing ovation. Oklahoma City continued their hot shooting the entire game, shooting 53.8%. The Thunder went on to win 114-91. Oklahoma City improved to 35-12 on the season, and a very impressive 20-4 at the ‘Peake.
It was a hot start from Kevin Durant and company as they jumped out 20-10 midway through the first quarter. However, the Los Angeles Clippers really wouldn’t go down without a fight early on. They would hit five first quarter three-pointers in fighting back intot he game. It was tied at 29 a piece before Oklahoma City really just turned it on. They pushed the lead to as much as 18 in the first half, including a 66-50 halftime lead. Oklahoma City was shooting 62.5% in the first half, even though the Clippers were 8-11 from deep.
The Third quarter was much more like the second quarter. Oklahoma City kept extending the lead, they pushed it to as much as 20 points in the third. Durant had 9 third quarter points in pushing the lead out to 88-71 after the end of three quarters.
The fourth quarter was a flurry of a Clipper rally as the Clippers cut it to nine points at 88-79 with 10:01 left to go in the game. Oklahoma City off a James Harden three from the quarter, would push the lead back to 93-79 with 8:45 in the game. Durant would have a couple of big baskets and Fisher would hit his first basket as a Thunder player as OKC pushed their lead to as much as 22 points 107-85.
Post Game Grades
Defend the Three: C
Instead of giving them a D, I gave them a C. Clippers were 7-11 in the first half, They held them to 5-14 in the second half. It was a fully game, so I went ahead and gave them a partial grade really.
Oklahoma City committed 16 fouls and really didn’t seem like it. There were times when the Thunder got caught up in the Clippers fast pace, up and down game, but unlike last time, they hit the shots and it helped them gain the victory.
Make Free Throws: A+
You almost cannot get any better than how Oklahoma City did tonight. Well, I guess you can. Oklahoma City finished 21-22 from the free throw line. You could be perfect to only be better.
- I don’t know about you, when the Clippers were hitting their three-point shots in the first quarter, I started having nightmaric flash backs from the last time we played the Clippers.
- With Westbrook-Durant-Fisher on the floor, OKC outscored the Clippers 19-5 in the six minutes the tandem ran together.
- How awesome were Perkins and Ibaka tonight? They were just phenomenal offensively and defensively. They finished 10-13 for 21 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. They also really kept Blake Griffin in check. He had his lowest scoring points of his career, with seven points. Now that’s just so awesome.
- Also, sadly found out Daequan Cook is out 2-3 weeks with an MCL sprain.
- People talk about Westbrook’s defense. Look what he did to Chris Paul: 3-12 from the floor, 2-7 from three-point range, 3 turnovers.
- Oklahoma City just destroyed the Clippers on the defensive glass, outscored them 49-31. It wasn’t ever really close. OKC had 12 rebounds before Los Angeles even had one.
- Thunder improve to 16-3 when they have 20 or more assists.
- Five players for the Thunder finished in double-digit +/-. KD with +28, Westbrook +25, Collison +19, Harden +16 and FISHER +11.
- How bad is Lazar Hayward’s defense? He’s the only player in a 23 point victory to finish in the negative in the +/-. He was -3.
- I wish Oklahoma City came out with the same fire and tenacity that they come with after a loss for every game. They’d probably be a lot more consistent.
Next up: vs. Timberwolves on Friday