The Oklahoma City Thunder completed their season series sweep of the Dallas Mavericks last night beating them 107-101 in Dallas to improve to 50-17 on the year.
The game was tight throughout but Russell Westbrook was playing so well that it was hard to imagine the Thunder losing.
The Thunder reserves didn’t show up quite as much as they do when they’re at home so Dallas was able to make this a game. The Thunder also only made 5-of-21 threes in the game.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 39 minutes, 31 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist – A-
Durant showed why he is the best closer in the league scoring 19 points in the fourth last night. Early in the quarter he scored an and-one on a drive to the hoop and yelled, “Give me the ball” after the play. He had some kind of chip on his shoulder down the stretch and it took him to another level. Durant had turnover problems again however with six in the game to just one assist. He now has four assists and 20 turnovers in the last three games.
Russell Westbrook – 37 minutes, 35 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds – A
Westbrook was a monster in this one finishing at the rim especially. He went 13-for-23 from the field for the game but was 0-for-4 on threes. He scored 13 in the first quarter then 15 in the third. It was an under controlled penetrating Westbrook which is always the best one. He also managed three offensive rebounds but did have five turnovers.
Serge Ibaka – 40 minutes, 18 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks – A+
Ibaka was the perfect complement to Durant and Westbrook last night. The Thunder needed someone else to step up and Ibaka did just that. He went 7-for-11 from the field and had seven offensive rebounds. His offensive game has been developing rapidly lately and you can see his confidence growing game to game.
Kevin Martin – 24 minutes, 9 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound – C+
Martin only played half of the game as once again Thabo Sefolosha closed instead of him. He went 1-for-4 from three but was 3-for-5 on two-pointers and picked up a couple of assists. He’s been playing better lately, doing more things on offense but his minutes have also been dropping.
Kendrick Perkins – 28 minutes, 1 point, 6 rebounds, 1 block – C
Perkins did not have a big game last night and didn’t get a lot of minutes as Ibaka played a ton. Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting so Perkins didn’t exactly shut him down. Perkins had the worst plus-minus on the Thunder last night too. It feels like it’s been awhile since we’ve said that though to be fair.
Thabo Sefolosha – 28 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists – B
Sefolosha is getting more minutes than Martin these days and he has been doing fine with the extra time. He didn’t hit any threes last night but helped out in other ways that we’re used to seeing from him.
Nick Collison – 18 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – B+
Collison usually plays a lot against Dallas because he’s great at defending Dirk. He didn’t get a ton of run last night but was solid while he was out there. You have to love seeing him get a few assists which is always key for the second unit.
Reggie Jackson – 13 minutes, 3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal – C+
Jackson has cooled off from his hot run a week or so ago. He went just 1-for-4 from the field and 1-for-3 from downtown, although the make was a crazy shot and one of his three-point misses was from beyond half court. He just didn’t have a lot of opportunities to create much last night and was quiet overall.
Derek Fisher – 12 minutes, 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound – C
Fisher did very little in his time on the court and missed the only three-pointer he took. He also committed three fouls in just 12 minutes.