The Oklahoma City Thunder won their eighth straight game last night defeating the Indiana Pacers 104-93 at the Chesapeake Arena.
The Thunder improve to 17-4 on the season while the Pacers drop below .500.
The Thunder shot an impressive 48.7 percent from the field against Indiana who came into the game No. 1 in the league in defensive efficiency. The Thunder did struggle from the 3-point line though making just 5-of-19 attempts.
The difference in the game was free throw attempts as the Thunder took 30 and Indiana just 13 but that is the product of OKC having great individual scorers and Indiana not.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 39 minutes, 27 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists – B+
Durant uncharacteristically struggled from the field in this one going 9-for-24 but he came on strong in the fourth quarter. He scored 10 points in the final frame to help the Thunder pull away. He did a lot of work scoring in the post which was nice to see and necessary with his jumper not falling. All of his assists were LeBron-like too which was cool to see.
Russell Westbrook – 34 minutes, 21 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds – B+
Westbrook put the exclamation point at the end of this game. It started with a nasty block from behind on Roy Hibbert in the paint and then he scored the final six points for the Thunder in the final 3:28 of the game. All of those field goals were midrange jump shots and dropping because of the energy boost he gained after the big block.
Serge Ibaka – 33 minutes, 12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks – B
Ibaka scored eight of his points in the third quarter during a stretch where he was doing a lot of work on the offensive glass, where he collected three boards in the game. Ibaka also had a nasty block late on a Paul George dunk attempt but other than these moments was fairly quiet.
Kevin Martin – 31 minutes, 24 points, 1 assist – A-
Martin scored 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half, marking the third time this season he scored 20 or more in the first half of a game. You can’t ask for much more from Martin than that but he only scored two in the second half which was a little disappointing.
Kendrick Perkins – 30 minutes, 4 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Perkins played good defense on Hibbert all night holding him to just 10 points and outrebounding him 9-6. In that sense, Perkins got his job done and overall it was a pretty solid game for him.
Thabo Sefolosha – 25 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal – B
Sefolosha didn’t bring much to the table offensively and missed both of his 3-point attempts but he did hold George to 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Sefolosha got less minutes than normal too.
Nick Collison – 19 minutes, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal – B+
Of course the Thunder player with the best plus-minus last night was Collison. Both of his field goals were nice, a midrange jumper and dunk inside.
Eric Maynor – 14 minutes, 6 points, 4 assists – B+
It was another nice game for Maynor who is finally showing some good signs these days. He had some nice floaters in the lane and four assists with no turnovers is perfect play from a backup point guard in 14 minutes.
Hasheem Thabeet – 14 minutes, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block – C+
Not much going on for Thabeet last night. His one basket came on a nice hustle possession for the Thunder where he collected an offensive rebound and finished easily and quickly inside.