Game Grades: Thunder vs. Suns

For two and a half quarters, the Thunder were getting dominated by a future lottery participant. They went down 84-68 after a Jared Dudley layup with 4:13 to go in the 3rd quarter.

Then the Thunder got hot, going on a 16-4 run to end the quarter. The streak continued into the final period with the Thunder outscoring the Phoenix Suns 31-16, giving Oklahoma City an 11-point win.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all eclipsed the 30 point mark, and Serge Ibaka added 20 rebounds.

Kevin Durant- A-     30pts/6reb/3ast/3stl

The Suns put really roughed up Durant tonight, putting him on the ground often. Durant came out on top though, bringing it to the Suns in the 4th quarter with 12 points. He showed off the postgame he has been working on, using his height as an advantage to shoot over smaller defenders.

Russell Westbrook- A     31pts/3reb/10ast/4stl

Westbrook picked up his play defensively in the 2nd half, after giving up 13 assists to Steve Nash in the 1st. He was much more efficient offensively, and pushed created a pace that led to the comeback. Westbrook played really well all-around, and his effort in the 2nd half led to the win.

James Harden- A+     30pts/4reb/1ast/1stl

Harden showed why he is the leading the race for 6th Man of the Year. Scoring a career high 30 points, he kept the Thunder in the game early.  Harden scored with incredible efficiency, only taking 12 shots. He got to the charity stripe 11 times, making all but one. James Harden is becoming another player the Thunder can rely on to lead the team to a win.

Serge Ibaka- A+     18ts/20reb/1ast/3blk

The Thunder got another great performance from Serge Ibaka. His jump shot looked on point tonight, making three shots outside of 12 feet, to go along with his 20 boards, nine of them being on the offensive end. It’s okay that only five players scored for Oklahoma City, if Ibaka can get close to 20, his offensive game is improving immensely.

Kendrick Perkins- C+     6pts/5reb/2ast/1blk

This wasn’t that bad of a game for Perkins. Marcin Gortat did manage to score 28 points, but that was partially the fault of the perimeter defense, allowing Nash to distribute at will. Six and five is not what the Thunder need out of Perk, but Ibaka took most of the rebounds tonight, and Durant took over the post on offense. Perkins even ran a fast break, trying to throw a lob to Westbrook that led to him getting fouled.

Rest of the Thunder- C

Nobody else scored. Lazar Hayward got first quarter minutes. That’s about it.

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