The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up another impressive win last night beating the Golden State Warriors on the road 116-97.
The Thunder were leading by 19 after three quarters and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook hardly played in the fourth.
The Thunder were hot from the field in the game as the improved Warriors defense looked like the Warriors defense of old. OKC shot 50.6 percent from the field and made 12-of-27 threes.
The Thunder shared the ball extremely well registering 30 assists as a team. They only allowed Golden State to get seven offensive rebounds as well.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 34 minutes, 31 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists – A+
It doesn’t get any better than this from Durant. He was as efficient as ever and had his way with the Warriors’ defense. It was one of the best jobs he’s done all season juggling scoring and playmaking in the same game. Durant always tends to put up big numbers vs. the Warriors and this season, he is averaging 7.8 assists per game vs. Golden State, the highest of any opponent.
Russell Westbrook – 30 minutes, 18 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds – B
Westbrook started off the game a little out of control missing a bunch of shots in a row and turning the ball over. He would settle down and make some big shots. Luckily for the Thunder with Westbrook playing this way, they didn’t rely on him a ton in isolation plays as the ball movement was great all night.
Serge Ibaka – 28 minutes, 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks – A-
Ibaka really set the tone in this one scoring 13 in the first quarter as his jumper was falling and he was very active rolling to the rim and finishing. This was a great example of all the improvements Ibaka has made in his game this season.
Kevin Martin – 19 minutes, 23 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound – A+
This is the Martin that Thunder fans love to see. He scored more points than minutes played and was the biggest reason the Thunder ran away with this one. He made a few shots early and ended the game going 8-of-10 from the field and 4-for-5 from three. This was the best game Martin has had in a very long time.
Kendrick Perkins – 17 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks – C
Perkins hardly played and did get banged up in the second half. He wasn’t needed as the rest of the guys were all playing well. Perkins did play some nice low-post defense on Andrew Bogut early in the game.
Thabo Sefolosha – 22 minutes, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal – B+
When it rains, it pours. It seemed like everyone was hitting from deep last night and Sefolosha joined the party as well going 3-for-6 from three in the game.
Nick Collison – 18 minutes, 0 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists – B
The game wasn’t close so Collison kind of just went through the motions. He did a nice job as always in his two-man game with Martin.
Reggie Jackson – 22 minutes, 4 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds – B
Jackson hasn’t been shooting as efficiently lately as his jumper hasn’t gone in, in awhile. He made a few nice drives to the rim and of course rebounded well.
Derek Fisher – 19 minutes, 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist – C
Fisher wasn’t terrible since Golden State had plenty of little guards in this game. He played good defense.
Hasheem Thabeet – 18 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block – B
You have to love the way Thabeet is playing this year. Once the playoffs start, we probably won’t be seeing much of him anymore.
Scott Brooks – B+
It’s not hard to make coaching decisions when your team shoots this well. The ball was in Durant’s hands in the pick-and-roll quite a bit which is when the Thunder seem to be at their best this year. Give Brooks some credit for that.