It was the second week after the All-Star Weekend and week before the trading deadline. The Thunder came into the week with the best record in the NBA and now have slid down to second-best behind Chicago.
The Thunder went 3-1 on the week with wins over Dallas, Phoenix and Charlotte and the lone loss coming at the hands of Cleveland.
Oklahoma City did not play their best basketball this week. They got off to slow starts in just about every game and aside from the Charlotte game, really could have lost all of the other three.
Against Dallas, the Thunder relied on great defense down the stretch to make up for the poor shooting nights by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. In Phoenix after being dominated by Steve Nash and Grant Hill in the first half, the Thunder came roaring back with epic stat lines with Durant, Westbrook and Harden each scoring over 30 points.
The Cleveland game was the lone hiccup. The Cavaliers have been surprisingly good on the road this season and caught the Thunder at a good time.
It almost seemed like the Cleveland game all over again against Charlotte after one quarter. Durant, Westbrook and Harden would combine for 55 points in the first half with the Bobcats scoring only 40.
Harden hit his career-high with 30 points against Phoenix then bested that last night with 33 versus the Bobcats. Harden took big steps this week on his path to stardom and just keeps getting better as the season progresses.
The Thunder will play four games this coming week with one back-to-back. They start out at home against Houston on Tuesday then play at Denver Thursday and home against the Spurs on Friday. They will close out the week on Sunday hosting the Portland Trailblazers. The Spurs and Blazers games will be broadcast on ESPN.