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Game Grades: Thunder vs. 76ers

The Thunder barely pulled out the win against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. Kevin Durant and James Harden each missed two free throws in the last minute, during a one possession game.

Luckily, Russell Westbrook came up with an offensive rebound off Durant’s missed free throw, and sealed the win for the Thunder. Both teams shot around 40% from the field, and struggled to hold onto the ball, with 28 combined turnovers.

We can put some of the blame on the All-Star break for this sloppy game.

Kevin Durant- B     23pts/4reb/1ast/1stl

Throughout the game, Kevin Durant struggled to make shots, but when it came down to it, Kevin Durant took control when the Thunder needed points, scoring 10 of his 23 points in the 4th quarter. With an elite defender in Andre Iguodala guarding him, Durant had to defer the Westbrook and Harden most of the game.

Russell Westbrook- C-     22pts/13reb/4ast/1stl

Normally 22 points and 13 rebounds looks like a great game for the Thunder point guard, unfortunately that was not the case tonight. Westbrook shot a very poor 35% from the floor, and turned the ball over seven times. He didn’t make a shot in the 4th quarter, and only made one field goal outside the paint throughout the game. The seven offensive rebounds were nice, and his final rebound saved the game, but Westbrook really struggled this game.

James Harden- B-     16pts/8reb/4ast/1stl

James Harden got to the line 11 times this game, making seven of them. One of the big improvements Harden has made is that he has been getting to the charity stripe often this year, averaging 2 more FTAs per game than his career average. Nobody shot well in this game, and the same can be said for Harden, making only four shots. Getting to the line helps when the shots aren’t falling.

Kendrick Perkins- C     3pts/11reb/2ast/1blk

I’m starting to think that Kendrick Perkins will never be much more than just a good defensive player. His post moves are not good, and hasn’t scored in the double digits since February 10th. Anybody who plays over 30 minutes in a basketball game should be scoring more than three points.

Serge Ibaka- B+     10pts/8reb/0ast/3blk

Ibaka had a nice game tonight, converting on four of his six shots. His post moves keep on improving, and is becoming a more, well-rounded player. His defense was good, as usual, blocking three shots and playing quality defense on the Sixer bigs, leading the effort that held the Sixers to 88 points.

Rest of the Thunder- B

The rest of the Thunder managed to score 18 points, which is better than usual. Nazr Mohammed came in a played some good minutes, scoring six points. Royal Ivey and Daequan Cook each scored five points, and Nick Collison collected six rebounds in 20 minutes. 

Tags: James Harden Kendrick Perkins Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook Serge Ibaka

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