The Oklahoma City Thunder improved to 5-2 on the year beating the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 106-91 Sunday night.
It was the fourth straight win for the Thunder who continued their hot shooting at 54.8 percent from the field last night while holding Cleveland to 41.0 percent.
The Thunder did turn the ball over 21 times while the Cavs only did so 12 times.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 20 points and five assists in 34 minutes. Alonzo Gee had 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field.
The Cavs were within three points with a few seconds left in the third quarter before Russell Westbrook hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to give OKC all of the momentum for the rest of the game.
On to the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 36 minutes, 26 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists – A
Durant had a kind of quiet game last night scoring 26, which is the most he’s had in a game so far this year. He was efficient from the field at 9-of-16 and got to the line eight times. Durant was averaging 6.0 assists per game after the first three games of the year but has only had five assists total in the last three games.
Russell Westbrook – 40 minutes, 27 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds – A
This was a perfect Westbrook game and it really helped him hitting four straight 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter. Westbrook shot over 50 percent from the field in a game just once this season before last night going 10-for-16. The only drawback last night was eight turnovers for Westbrook.
Serge Ibaka – 34 minutes, 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 blocks – A
Ibaka has scored in double-figures in each of the last five games now for the Thunder. His jump shot has been nice and he’s being more aggressive looking to score in other ways too. The seven blocks is a season-high for Ibaka this year.
Kevin Martin – 30 minutes, 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists – A
Martin has been better than advertised this year. He’s done a great job helping replace James Harden and tonight the Thunder outscored Cleveland by 25 when Martin was in. He was 6-of-9 from the field and made his only 3-point attempt too.
Kendrick Perkins – 25 minutes, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist – B+
Perkins made all four of his field goal attempts which is always a bonus with him. He seemed really up for the game and active on defense, even more so than usual. The Thunder actually outscored their opponent with Perkins on the floor last night too!
Thabo Sefolosha – 29 minutes, 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist – B+
Sefolosha is getting a ton of wide open 3-point looks when he’s out there with the starting unit. He’s shooting very well from three this year and went 1-of-2 last night. He’s also making other things happen with his open looks, pump faking then driving and creating something in the paint a lot. He’s done a very nice job with an increased workload so far this year.
Nick Collison – 19 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds – B
Collison has been pretty quiet in the last few games for the Thunder but that’s how he is. He made both of his shots last night, a jumper with a defender in his face from the corner and then cutting to the rim for an easy dunk from a Martin feed. He’s developed nice chemistry with Martin so far but still not quite on the same level of what he had with Harden.
Eric Maynor – 13 minutes, 0 points, 2 assists – C+
Maynor struggled last night going 0-for-4 from the field and missing both of his 3-point attempts. This was coming off the last two games in which he made all four of his 3-point attempts.
Perry Jones, III – 6 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound – D+
Jones doesn’t really know how to fit in yet with this team. He missed all three of his shots last night and has made a very minimal impact so far this year. Maybe he will have a breakout game soon that will free him of all his hesitations.
Daniel Orton, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins all played the final two minutes of garbage time last night where nothing much happened.