Second half dominance lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to their second straight win last night at home vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Thunder trailed 45-47 at halftime and then outscored Portland 30-21 in the third quarter and 28-15 in the fourth.
Portland’s lack of depth played a major factor although they got quality performances from rookie Meyers Leonard off the bench as well as former Thunder point guard Eric Maynor.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored just 10 points in the game on 3-of-14 shooting.
The Thunder shot 52.4 percent from the field for the game and turned the ball over just 10 times.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 37 minutes, 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists – B+
Where have all the assists gone for KD? Once again, Durant turns it over more than he assists last night. He shot efficiently though going 10-for-17 from the field and 2-for-3 from three. But is he only shoots 17 times then it becomes sort of an issue that he is not an effective distributor throughout the other parts of the game. We’ll see if this worsens as the playoffs approach or if KD starts getting five-plus dimes per night again.
Russell Westbrook – 34 minutes, 21 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds – B+
It’s nice to see Westbrook under control against an opponent that he should be. Westbrook shot 9-for-18 from the field and turned the ball over just twice. He made some fantastic plays in the open floor and was an unstoppable force all night.
Serge Ibaka – 27 minutes, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 5 blocks – B
Ibaka was dreadful in the first half picking up three quick fouls and not scoring. Then he absolutely made up for that in the second half scoring all of his 16 points in the last two quarters. His jumper was falling and that opened up the rest of his game as well.
Kevin Martin – 27 minutes, 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists – C+
Martin wasn’t terrible but it’s been awhile since he’s really looked like a big-time scoring threat. The Thunder need to see him get going again late in the season. He’s been getting more comfortable moving without the ball in the Thunder offense but just isn’t utilized enough anymore.
Kendrick Perkins – 24 minutes, 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals – B-
Perkins played good defense all night and made it tough for Portland to score inside. He did his job last night and you can’t expect much more from him.
Thabo Sefolosha – 19 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – C
Sefolosha didn’t get a lot of run last night and didn’t do much. The Thunder didn’t really need him defensively and as Portland went with two point guards at a time, the Thunder did the same which left Thabo out.
Nick Collison – 26 minutes, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal – A
Collison got extra minutes because Ibaka got into foul trouble in the first half and he made his absence unnoticed as he took over inside. Collison made it look easy patiently pump-faking and waiting for Portland defenders to fly by before finishing with easy layups. This was a big game from Collison.
Reggie Jackson – 15 minutes, 6 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds – A
Jackson returned to his impressive form last night after a couple of games where he didn’t do too much. He did everything scoring in transition, getting assists and rebounding. It was nice to see him being assertive and taking the ball up despite playing with Derek Fisher out there.
Derek Fisher – 15 minutes, 0 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound – D
He was awful again missing both shots he took and doing little else. He is taking minutes away from Jackson too which is a shame.
Hasheem Thabeet – 9 minutes, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal – B
Thabeet was very active crashing the glass and finishing inside. He played his role to a T last night.