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Second Half Dominance Leads to A Win For The Thunder

Craig Hofeld

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Game #6 - Clippers - Recap Stats

The Thunder earned their second victory of the season tonight in the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Although Oklahoma City got off to another slow start, they were able to bounce back for a solid second half performance. The Thunder showed how resilient they can be tonight. These kind of performances gives Thunder fans hope for a great season.

Rapid Recap

The Clippers started off the came with a lead and built off of that momentum. Although the Thunder made a solid push, they never gained the lead. Keeping the lead was huge for the confidence of the Clippers. As long as they held a lead, they knew they were in control of the game.

The game became very physical in the first quarter, and it would remain that way for the rest of the game. The Clippers held a solid lead over the Thunder, but Oklahoma City continued to fight. The game became super chippy when officials let a couple guys from each team get away with some fouls. This led to some technical fouls for each time. Both teams had to deal with poor officiating in the first half, but it seemed like the Thunder got the worst side of things. The officials were not the reason why Oklahoma City trailed at halftime, but the calls certainly didn’t help.

The game completely turned around for the Thunder in the third quarter. Oklahoma City came out with a chip on their shoulder and played the best quarter of basketball they’ve played all season long. Just about everyone was contributing, but Russell Westbrook led the way. OKC gave up only 10 points in the quarter and managed to take a double-digit lead into the final quarter.

As the fourth quarter began, I’m sure every Thunder fan was worried about this team blowing the lead. However, the Thunder fought through adversity and took care of business for the remainder of the game. Russell Westbrook again led the way, but he was assisted by Patrick Patterson and Jerami Grant. Oklahoma City won an impressive game 128-110.

Thunder Player of the Game

My Thunder player of the game is Patrick Patterson. Patterson may not “wow” you with his box score, but he was a key part of this victory. He was perfect on the night with 3/3 shooting including two shots from beyond the arc. Those two shots came in super clutch moments and allowed the Thunder to grow their lead. There’s a very likely chance that Oklahoma City never takes control of this game without those makes from Patterson. The guy has played extremely well off the bench, and has accepted the roll with open arms.

3 Quick Thoughts

Russell Westbrook Needs To Be Russell Westbrook.

This may sound extremely silly, but Russell Westbrook simply needs to be himself. It’s no coincidence that he has played extremely well in the two Thunder victories, and he’s played poorly in the losses. The Brodie certainly needed some time to get back into the swing of things after his injury, and I don’t think anyone is doubting that he is officially back after two brilliant games in a row.

There’s something special about the resilience of Russell Westbrook. As long as he plays his game, and he doesn’t let anyone change that, this team will be just fine. Regardless of the talent on this roster, OKC cannot be successful without Westbrook.

• Steven Adams Is A Man!

I know you’ve heard this before, but Steven Adams is a dominant force in the paint. His presence goes beyond the stat sheets. The way he wears down a defense is phenomenal. Adams works hard for the entire game to open up lanes for his teammates to attack. Not only that, when his number is called he is super reliable. Adams recorded another double-double tonight with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

• Toughen Up and Play Basketball.

The Thunder fell behind tonight on the score when the calls weren’t going their way. Way too often we have seen this team complain and try too hard to get calls. Sometimes, you’re simply not going to get the calls. Whining, complaining, and walking down the court aren’t going to get you those calls.

Oklahoma City decided to come out and play their game in the second half. It didn’t matter what the officials called, the Thunder were sticking to their game-plan. What happened? Sure enough, the Thunder took control of the game. This team needs to stay the course, and not let the officials dictate the outcome of the game.

On The Road Again

The Thunder will be looking for their first road win on Thursday night against the Charlotte Hornets. The game will tip-off at 6:00 PM CST and it will be televised on FSOK. The game will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

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