Apr 11, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) attempts a shot against New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey (5) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder Dominate The Pelicans, 116-94, Behind Serge Ibaka’s Double-Double


Apr 11, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) attempts a reverse layup against New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey (5) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

15 seconds into tonight’s game, Serge Ibaka set a nice ball-screen for Russell Westbrook, and then rolled, took one dribble, and absolutely posturized Greg Stiemsma.

From there, the Thunder absolutely dominated the Pelicans throughout the game, leading by as much as 31. The Thunder got the win, 116-94, to improve to 58-21 and inch a bit closer to clinching the two seed in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City was led by Serge Ibaka, who posted another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with eight blocked shots. Kevin Durant went for 27 points on 10-18 from floor and six rebounds. Russell Westbrook also had himself a nice game with 24 points on 10-17 from the floor with seven assists.

For the Pelicans, Austin Rivers and Darius Miller both had 18 points. The Thunder outrebounded the Pelicans 47-35 tonight.

After turning it over just eight times in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Wednesday night, Oklahoma City did a great job limiting turnovers once again, with only 11 tonight. That is a key stat for the Thunder heading into the playoffs.

It’s also hard for any opponent to beat the Thunder when Oklahoma City shoots 54% from the floor and 39% from deep.

The Thunder will take on the Pacers in Indiana on Sunday.

Extra notes:

-KD picked up his 15th technical foul of the season. Thankfully, if he doesn’t get his 16th in the next three games, it wouldn’t carry over to the playoffs, as he gets a clean slate. Phew.

-Tyreke Evans came down hard on his right knee and was down for a little while. The diagnosis was only a right knee bone bruise, though.

-Reggie Jackson had this pretty crazy finish at rim.

-This has to be one of the best sequences for the Thunder all year long. Serge Ibaka sure knows how to run the floor.

-Sefolosha and Perkins played a combined 37 minutes tonight and combined for just four points. Welp.

 

Tags: Kevin Durant New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Serge Ibaka