The Oklahoma City Thunder got back in the win column last night beating the Milwaukee Bucks on the road 109-99.
The Thunder had just lost the previous night on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves but got a much better all-around performance from the team last night.
They shot 53.3 percent from the field for the game and had 24 assists to just 13 turnovers as a team.
Milwaukee hung around thanks to three-point shooting and offensive rebounding but the Thunder would outscore the Bucks 26-16 in the fourth quarter to close them out.
Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Monta Ellis had nine points and Brandon Jennings had eight as the Bucks backcourt combined to shoot 6-for-30 from the field.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 38 minutes, 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists – A
Durant got just about what he averages last night. It was really one of KD’s best games in awhile. The turnovers were down and he efficiently scored throughout the game.
Russell Westbrook – 37 minutes, 23 points, 10 assists, 13 rebounds – A+
Westbrook was the story of the night getting his sixth career triple-double. He tied a career-high with 13 rebounds and 10 assists is the most he’s had since March 3. He shot just 6-of-18 from the field but was a force getting to the line where he went 10-for-14.
Serge Ibaka – 31 minutes, 16 points, 7 rebounds, 8 blocks – A
Ibaka also flirted with a triple-double last night as he had a season-high eight blocks. The shot blocking early in the game seemed to really get him going with the rest of his game too. He was 7-for-8 from the field with the only miss being a three-pointer. He also had three offensive boards.
Kevin Martin – 31 minutes, 17 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds – B+
This was Martin’s best game in awhile. He finally affected the game despite not shooting well from three (1-for-6). He was 5-for-6 from inside the three-point line and played 30 minutes-plus for just the third time in the month of March. The Thunder really need Martin to be playing well heading into the playoffs so hopefully he can carry this momentum forward.
Kendrick Perkins – 18 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds – C
Perkins didn’t play a lot as Ibaka, Nick Collison and small lineups were used more instead. Perkins also picked up four fouls in his 18 minutes.
Thabo Sefolosha – 17 minutes, 3 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound – B
Sefolosha also didn’t play much because Martin and Derek Fisher got a lot of burn. It was a quiet night from Sefolosha who just made one three but did come up with three assists which is always a good sign for him.
Nick Collison – 24 minutes, 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists – A
With Collison scoring it helped keep him on the floor instead of Perkins which is a huge win for the Thunder always. He was 5-for-6 from the field and had three offensive rebounds but somehow the Thunder were outscored by seven while he was in.
Reggie Jackson – 15 minutes, 4 points, 1 assist, 1 steal – B-
Jackson once again came in and had a couple of nice buckets. He didn’t play a ton since Westbrook was really rolling and Fisher was getting a lot of burn too.
Derek Fisher – 22 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal – B
Fisher played a lot and came in the game before Jackson did for some reason. The Thunder outscored Milwaukee by 12 while he was in there so you can’t be too hard on Fish this time.
Ronnie Brewer – 7 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist – C+
There was a Ronnie Brewer sighting last night which took everybody by surprise. He only played a little in the first half for KD. Brooks is using him in small lineups and he looks kind of out of place basically playing the four.
Scott Brooks – B+
The Thunder played well the entire game and came back in the fourth after being outscored 37-27 in the third quarter. There were some good signs from Brooks that he played Martin and Collison a lot and even Brewer a little.