Serge Ibaka scored 10 points and had 7 rebounds last night vs. New Orleans. This year, that’s usually been a stat line you’d see for a whole game from Ibaka – when he plays well.
Ibaka would only finish with 14 points on the night but his early spark containing a few physical dunks were enough to get the Thunder on track early as they went on to beat the Hornets 101-91.
Kevin Durant also got off to a good start early on with 10 first quarter points. Durant had 16 at halftime and hadn’t missed a shot yet (5-for-5 FG’s and 6-for-6 FT’s). He finished with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
The Thunder shot 53 percent from the field in the game but turned the ball over 21 times. Oklahoma City did a good job not taking too many long two-pointers in the game, taking only nine all game and making five of them.
James Harden poured in another nice game on his home floor, tallying 18 points to go along with 6 assists and went 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
Russell Westbrook struggled in this one with just 14 points and 7 turnovers. Westbrook also failed to finish what would have been two incredible dunk highlights. It was just that kind of night for Westbrook. Luckily Oklahoma City didn’t need a big night from him.
Oklahoma City led 60-51 at halftime and already had 27 bench points in the game.
Jarrett Jack was one of the few bright spots for New Orleans. He scored 20 points in the game but 16 came in the first half.
There was also a Gustavo Ayon sighting in the game as he scored 16 points for the Hornets. When Ayone scores 16 points for you it’s easy to see why you have the worst record in the West.
The Thunder won easy but their defense had their moments of suspect. New Orleans shot 46.7 percent for the game and made 14-of-23 shots in the pick-and-roll.
Oklahoma City is now 15-3 this season. Their next game will be Friday at Golden State (6-11).