The Oklahoma City Thunder evened their preseason record beating the Phoenix Suns 107-97 last night to improve to 2-2.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks would play his starters more minutes again with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka each logging 28 minutes. OKC was again without James Harden, Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha as well as rookie standout Perry Jones III.
Westbrook was very much in his comfort zone for the game scoring 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and 3-of-5 shooting from three to go with 12 dimes.
Durant led the team with 22 points and went 8-of-17 from the field and 2-for-4 from three. Ibaka had 13 points and eight boards.
Hasheem Thabeet started at center for the Thunder while Cole Aldrich came off the bench. Thabeet continues to look like a project but was solid in the game playing 18 minutes and scoring five points with four rebounds. He did not foul out for the first time in the preseason.
Aldrich played 24 minutes off the bench and had 12 points and six boards.
DeAndre Liggins got the start at the two in place of Sefolosha. Neither Lazar Hayward, Hollis Thompson nor Andy Rautins played in the game leaving more minutes for Liggins. Liggins had seven points and six boards in 23 minutes and continues to mesh will with the rest of the roster.
Reggie Jackson once again played a little more than Eric Maynor, 24 minutes vs. 21. Jackson had seven points, three assists, five rebounds and three turnovers. Maynor had nine points, five assists and only one turnover.
Jackson is a great athlete who can fill up the stat sheet but the turnovers seem like they will still be a problem while Maynor is the traditional point who has had a great assist-to-turnover ratio the past few games.
Both teams shot exactly 49.4 percent in the game but the Thunder had more offensive rebounds (15-11), made more threes (9-5) and got to the line more (21-17) which proved to be the difference.
The Thunder will play their next preseason game Sunday at 8 p.m. EST at home vs. the Denver Nuggets.