With the year 2012 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect back on some of the great performances by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder have probably been the most entertaining team in the NBA this year giving us some of the best highlights, craziest box scores and most exciting basketball in the league.
The Thunder have been great as a team but their players have also had some really impressive individual performances.
Here is a Top 10 countdown of the best Oklahoma City Thunder individual performances of 2012.
10. Kevin Durant’s first career triple-double
This is the most recent game occurring this season on Nov. 18. The Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 119-109 as Durant again had a big game against them. This time he would capture his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. This was a big milestone this season for Durant who had looked to really improve his playmaking this season. He clearly wanted to get the triple-double during the game too celebrating a little more than usual when that last dime was recorded.
9. James Harden scores a career-high 40
James Harden was on a tear for the Thunder last April ripping through defenses with extreme efficiency. That all came together on April 18 in Phoenix when he dropped a career-high 40 points in 35 minutes off the bench. He shot 12-of-17 from the field, 3-of-5 from three and made all 11 free throws. He would also add seven boards, three assists and four steals for good measure as the Suns had absolutely no answer for his prowess.
8. Serge Ibaka’s gets first career triple-double
Ibaka blocked 10 or more shots in a game three times in 2012 and this time he managed a triple-double as well. The Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 124-118 in overtime in what was one of the games of the year. Ibaka scored 14 points, had 15 rebounds and swatted 11 shots in 40 minutes. He went 6-of-7 from the field and eight of his rebounds came on the offensive glass.
7. Durant puts up 36-8-6 in crucial Game 4 win over Spurs
The Thunder were trailing 0-2 in the Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs last season before heading back home. OKC won Game 3 then found themselves in a very tight Game 4. The Spurs were coming back late but Durant would hold them off. Durant finished with 36 points, eight assists and six boards. He made 13-of-20 from the field, all nine of his free throws and committed just one turnover.
6. Russell Westbrook scores a career-high 45
In another Game of the Year candidate, the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-140 in double-overtime on March 23. Westbrook scored a career-high 45 points in 50 minutes in the game. He went 17-of-28 from the field, made all nine of his free throws and had six assists.