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Thunder Win Heated Battle In Salt Lake City

Craig Hofeld

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Anytime the Thunder take a trip to Utah it’s sure to be an eventful night. That being said, Monday night in Salt Lake City surely didn’t disappoint.

RAPID RECAP

Both teams came out firing from the start. Although neither team was hitting at a high percentage, the shots kept coming in. The Thunder held an early lead and managed to head into the second quarter with a slight advantage. Although the Thunder held a 9 point lead at one point, the score was 22-21 in OKC’s favor after twelve minutes.

At one point in the first half, 18 out of the 35 shots attempted by the Jazz were from beyond the arc. Fortunately for the Thunder not a lot of those shots we’re going in. After what seemed like a lot of questionable fouls in the second quarter tempers from both teams started flaring. You’ve got to credit the Thunder for sticking to their defense in this one, as they held Utah to 33% shooting in the first half. That’s a winning recipe even when you’re not shooting well. The Thunder led 50-37 at halftime.

You’d think after only scoring 37 in the first half that the Jazz would look to come out swinging to start the third quarter, and they did just that. Utah went on an early 10-1 run to get back into this game. At one point, it nearly felt like this one was slipping away from the Thunder. However, OKC kept their composure and went on their own run to extend the lead back to double-digits. This run was largely due to the push Schröder gave the team off the bench. OKC led 77-63 at the end of three quarters.

The final quarter of the night was actually one of the better ones of the night for Utah. They again managed to rally back, but the Thunder proved to be too disciplined to let this one slip away. The Thunder again had an answer, and that answer was Russell Westbrook. In what turned out to be an ugly defensive battle, the Thunder had the slight advantage. OKC completes the season sweep with a 98-89 win over the Jazz.

THUNDER PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tonight’s player of the game is no other than Russell Westbrook. Russ has been shooting a lot more efficiently lately, and tonight he kept that going. He went for 23 points on 9-19 shooting, including going 50% from deep. He also recorded 11 rebounds and 8 assists.

Unfortunately for Westbrook, his impressive play down the stretch will be overshadowed by his interaction with a fan during the game. However, if we know anything about Russ it’s that he’s going to keep doing his thing. No one incident is going to change how this man plays the game of basketball.

Check out our article about the incident right here: https://heartland-sports.com/2019/03/11/russell-westbrook-verbal-altercation-with-jazz-fans-caught-on-video/

HOME SWEET HOME

After a four game road trip, the Thunder will finally be back at home on Wednesday night. They’ll take on the Brooklyn Nets at 6:00 PM CST. The game will be televised on ESPN, FSOK, and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

The Thunder is the far more talented team in this matchup, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be an easy win. This could very well be a trap game for Oklahoma City as Brooklyn has been playing well lately. It’ll be important for OKC to play their game and at their level and not down to the level of their opponent.

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