It was another walk in the park for the Oklahoma City Thunder last night as they went into New Orleans and won 100-79.
It was the second time this season that the Thunder beat the Hornets and both times the Thunder did so with no problem at all.
The Thunder once again shot over 50 percent from the field while New Orleans shot just 37.0 percent.
The Thunder were very active on defense and offense by the Hornets did not come easily.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 32 minutes, 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists – A
Durant scored easily last night making 7-of-13 field goals and 2-of-4 threes. He had quite a few highlight dunks as well. There was no one on New Orleans who could match up with him and when that’s the case, it’s nearly impossible to beat OKC.
Russell Westbrook – 30 minutes, 18 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds – A
Westbrook has been on a tear lately igniting his entire game with relentless effort on the defensive end. He came away with three steals last night but it felt like he had 10. Greivis Vasquez simply had no chance against him and Westbrook made the Hornets look like a JV team. His shot was falling on offense and he easily picked up the assists he did with little resistance from the Hornets.
Serge Ibaka – 23 minutes, 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks – C+
Ibaka has been quiet the last two games and just five points from him last night is pretty uncharacteristic for him this season. A lot of the passes made to big men cutting in the paint found Kendrick Perkins and not him but Ibaka wasn’t asked to do much this game either. He lit up the Hornets the last time they played so they stayed tighter on him on the perimeter.
Kevin Martin – 27 minutes, 19 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist – A
Martin was very aggressive in this game and it looked like he smelled blood every time he got the ball. He did almost all of his damage on isolation plays, drawing contact with ease and finishing at the rim a few times.
Kendrick Perkins – 24 minutes, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist – A
Perkins has put together back-to-back games here that have been really nice. He got a lot of chances last night to finish at the rim while his man left him to help out on penetration and he took advantage.
Thabo Sefolosha – 28 minutes, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Not a huge game for Sefolosha who is taking less threes recently but he made one last night. The defense is always there and he picked up two more buckets as well which is always a bonus for him.
Nick Collison – 18 minutes, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals – A
When Collison scores 12 that means the Thunder are rolling. That was the case last night. Collison came in and immediately took a charge. He finished around the rim, hit jump shots and did everything else he always does that is so valuable. He had the best plus-minus last night of +23 for the Thunder.
Eric Maynor – 20 minutes, 3 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound – C
Maynor made some nice passes last night but shooting such a low percentage even in games like this is not a good sign. Don’t be surprised if Scott Brooks starts giving Reggie Jackson more of a chance.
Hasheem Thabeet – 19 minutes, 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks – B
Thabeet always brings the energy and swatted three shots last night. He was a big presence and again looked good out there. He did pick up four fouls in his limited minutes.
Perry Jones, III, Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Liggins played the final seven minutes of garbage time in the game. They each had two turnovers.
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