Thunder Dishes 32 Assists in Rout Against New York

Game #14 - Knicks - Recap Stats

The Thunder went on an offensive frenzy on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks. Paul George scored 35 points with 17 of them coming in the third quarter as he led the Thunder to a 128-103 victory at home. The Thunder have now won 9 out of the last 10 games.

Rapid Recap

The Thunder pulled ahead early in the first quarter scoring on 8 of their first 11 shots of the game. Steven Adams welcomed former teammate Enes Kanter back to Chesapeake with a monstrous poster dunk, and he contributed immensely to OKC’s 20 points in the paint in the first.

Dennis Schröder dished out 6 assists and led OKC to a 19-7 run after 7 minutes. With 2 minutes left in the period, sharpshooter Kevin Knox hit a three to spark a 10-0 Knicks run. The Thunder stayed poise on defense, though, as they kept a 15 point lead, ending the first quarter up 37-22.

Raymond Felton opened up the second quarter with a deep three to continue OKC’s hot offensive start. Mitchell Robinson had his hands full trying to defend Adams on the pick and roll as Adams and Schröder connected on multiple occasions in the second quarter.

Diallo hit a circus shot with 5 minutes to go in the half that got the crowd on its feet, forcing New York to call a time out. Paul George led the way in scoring with 20 points before halftime, and he closed the half shooting 7-11 from the field, giving OKC a 65-49 lead.

The third quarter was one to remember for OKC fans as the chemistry of this team was brought to its full potential. Paul George went on a Klay Thompson-like tear, nearly matching his first half total with 17 points, including a smooth four-point play.

Ball movement was the key in the third, highlighted by a touchdown-like pass from Steven Adams to Patrick Patterson, and he finished off with a lob to PG13. The offensive momentum gave OKC a comfortable 20 point lead going into the fourth up 100-80.

OKC subbed out the starters for the majority of the fourth quarter, but they still managed to dominate in nearly every category. Enes Kanter put up a fight late in the fourth to spark a run for the Knicks, but it was too little too late. OKC played some of their best basketball so far this season and took the win at home 128-103.

Box Score

Thunder Player of the Game

Paul George has been on fire the last two games, and it makes you wonder what could be when Westbrook comes back. His 35 points tonight could arguably be his best game in OKC in his two seasons, and his 17 points in the third were the most by any Thunder player in a quarter thus far this season. George has this team on an absolute roll after a start that had Thunder fans uncertain about the future.

3 Quick Thoughts

  • Schröder: Confirmed Best Backup-PG | Dennis Schröder put on a passing display against New York on Wednesday night. His six assists in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game, never allowing the Knicks to have a chance to keep up.  Schröder’s efforts have brought out the best of key role players on this roster so far.
  • Grant’s Consistency From Three | Jerami Grant has been gaining his confidence beyond the arc as the season progresses. His ability from three was shown tonight as he made his first three attempts, forcing a defensive breakdown by the Knicks from the corner. If he can develop a consistent deep shot, he could be one of NBA’s most underrated stretch-four players.
  • Basketball in OKC is Back | The chemistry from the starting lineup got Chesapeake roaring early and kept them on their feet for most of the game. The excitement the offense generated tonight brought life back into the arena for fans who have desperately needed reassurance of this team’s potential. Basketball is certainly back in OKC.

Third Time’s a Charm

OKC plays their next game this Saturday @ 8:00 CT for their third matchup of the season against the Phoenix Suns. OKC is 2-0 against the Suns already, and the Thunder will look to keep their hot streak alive. Westbrook’s status is uncertain for this game, but expectations are that he very well could be ready to play. Tip-off is set for 8 PM and will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The game will also be broadcast on the radio on WWLS 98.1 FM.

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