The Oklahoma City Thunder concluded their preseason with a win last night over the Dallas Mavericks 88-76. The Thunder finish the preseason with a 4-3 record.
Kevin Durant led the way with 18 points, five assists and seven rebounds and went 7-of-16 from the field. Russell Westbrook had eight points, six assists and nine rebounds. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
James Harden continued his preseason struggles shooting 6-for-15 from the field and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc. Harden had 16 points, five assists and four turnovers on the night.
This was the last Thunder preseason game and head coach Scott Brooks treated the game that way, playing the rotation we will probably see in the regular season last night. It was the usual starters with Harden and Nick Collison first off the bench. Eric Maynor had the backup point guard minutes and Cole Aldrich the backup center.
The roster will likely shape out to be those ten players from tonight plus Cook and Reggie Jackson as the 11th and 12th men. Then there is Hasheem Thabeet, Lazar Hayward, DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton, Andy Rautins and Hollis Thompson to battle for the final three spots. Thabeet will more than likely be one and Liggins has played the best of any of these guys in the preseason. The Thunder have until Monday to make the 15-man roster final.
Perry Jones III played 13 minutes off the bench mainly backing up Durant while Daequan Cook did not play. It does look like Jones may already be taking some of Cook’s minutes with the season about to start. Jones had just two points, two assists and two boards in 13 minutes of action and was 1-of-4 from the field.
The Thunder once again racked up the assists last night with 26 of their 37 field goals being assisted. The Thunder were last in the league in assists per game last season but by looking much more comfortable so far in the preseason with each other, have dramatically increased their assists totals.
The start of the regular season is exactly one week away now for the Thunder. They open their season Thursday, Nov. 1 at San Antonio. The game will be at 9:30 p.m. EST on TNT. The Thunder’s home opener will be the very next night vs. Portland.