OKC Thunder – Russell Westbrook is historic in bounce back win over Cleveland – Topic: Thunder

Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder roll over Cavs 100-83 as Russell Westbrook is Historic and OKC Throws a Block Party.  OKC Topic: Thunder catches you up on all the action that you might have missed.

The OKC Thunder handled business, as it should against a team with only four wins on the season, as they cruised to a 100-83 victory over The Land.

Things were looking a little shady for the Thunder tonight as they came out SUPER stagnant on offense, resulting in just 21 first quarter points (to the Cavs 28).  Álex Abrines got the start but never got started in this one as he managed only three points on one for nine shooting (one for eight from three).

It was great to see him back out there in the starting unit and I have no doubt he will return to form shortly.

Somebody else who had a rough night tonight (at least against the whistle) was Paul George.

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Although he didn’t foul out of the game, he did get in foul trouble (four fouls, three offensive) only 13! seconds into the second half.  Then when we thought he was going to catch fire (after scoring six straight points), he picked up foul number five with 5:51 left in the 3rd quarter.  He finished with an efficient line of 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks in only 25 minutes of play.

Jordan Clarkson absolutely cooked OKC with 25 points off the bench. Colin Sexton threw in 21 points of his own and Cleveland dominated OKC from deep (39% to 22%).  Even still, that was not enough to overcome the dominance that the Thunder showed on their home court, avenging a loss to division rival Denver at home last Saturday night.

A man who took a lot of blame for that loss was the “King of the Prairie” himself, Russell Westbrook.  Westbrook only responded with a big-time line of 23 points (on 10-17 shooting, 2-5 from three), 19 rebounds, 15 assists, and two steals to propel himself up to third all-time in triple-doubles (in a tie with Jason Kidd with 107) and propel the Thunder to sole place of the fourth spot in the West (and only one game back of first place).

OKC finished the third quarter on a 6-0 run and started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to eventually pull away from Cleveland and put this one to bed.

My name is Matthew Mullins (Matty Mulls), and on behalf of the Topic: Thunder Podcast, I will take you inside the big win for the Thunder tonight.

Opening Remarks – 00:56

Hook Up the TiVo – 2:37

Player of the Game – 16:33

Closing Remarks – 19:23

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