Thunder 112 – Knicks 103 | Rapid Recap

The Thunder put together a solid 112-103 win tonight against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Russell Westbrook absolutely dominated as he recorded another triple double. The ability to get virtually the entire team involved tonight was the most impressive stat by Westbrook.

The Thunder got off to a fairly slow and sloppy start in the first quarter. While the team did make a couple pushes throughout the quarter, it was mainly the Knicks in control. The Thunder seemingly took control the rest of the game by shooting over 50% from the field and 35% from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City never trailed after taking control in the second quarter. The Knicks tried to make a late comeback but the veteran leadership for the Thunder took control.

Russell Westbrook Is Incredible

Everyone needs to sit back, be thankful, and enjoy watching Russell Westbrook play basketball during his prime. I am confident that we are watching a once in a lifetime player go out and do his thing every night. Watching his leadership on the court and his determination to win each night is truly something special to watch.

He registered his eighth triple-double of the season in an NBA record 19 minutes and 59 seconds. Westbrook would finish the night 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assist. At times, it seems as if it’s almost too easy for him. Russ is without a doubt the reason this team was successful tonight.

Bench Is Impressive Again

The Thunder bench was incredible once again as they put together 48 points in tonights win. Enes Kanter led the way with a double-double as he recorded 27 points and 10 rebounds on 12-17 shooting. The Big Turkey has been key in a majority of the Thunder wins this season.

Joffrey Lauvergne continues to find ways to get involved in games and it seems to come at really important moments. Lauvergne put together 6 points and 5 rebounds in only 20 minutes. He usually finds success from beyond the arc, but tonight all of his points game from inside. Lauvergne knew he was off on the deep ball and found different ways to get involved.

Anthony Morrow Can’t Miss

Anthony Morrow has been on fire the last few games. He is a major key in the Thunder’s recent success. Tonight he scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting and 3-5 from the three. Morrow has done an excellent job shooting lately and an impressive job at giving himself shot opportunities. Morrow is known for his deep ball shooting, but has done a great job at finding easy looks to get himself in rhythm.

Up Next

The Thunder will be back in action at home in the Peake on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards. The game will start at 7 PM CST and will be televised on FSOK. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram. 

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