Oklahoma City Thunder

Fourth Quarter Run Sets Up Thunder Win over Detroit

Craig Hofeld

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The Rundown

The Thunder dominated their first matchup of the season against the Pistons in Detroit, but Friday night in OKC was much different. While the defense for the Thunder was on full display in their December matchup, it was the offense for OKC that got it done this go around. In a very back-and-forth game, the Thunder managed to go on a run in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 123-110 win over Detroit.

Where is the Defense?

The Thunder was extremely lucky that the offense was clicking in this one. This game was all offense for both teams, and very little defense. Oklahoma City was able to buckle down in the fourth quarter, but outside of that the Thunder’s dominant defense was nowhere to be found. 

Blake Griffin has emerged as a three-point threat this season, but there’s no way he should’ve had the kind of night that he did. OKC allowed Griffin to shoot 9-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc. When it’s playoff time, that simply can’t happen.

Offense has been one area where the Thunder has been very inconsistent this season. Defense is the one thing this team can (and should) come out and do well each night. The question is this: do they have the discipline to buckle down on defense each night?

The Potential Is There!

This team was flat out fun to watch against the Pistons tonight. The Thunder put it all out on display. They had fun doing it, and all of OKC had fun watching. This team has the potential to come out and do this to any team on any given night.

The Thunder hasn’t exactly been playing their best basketball lately, but it’s not too late to turn it around. Sure, getting any higher than the 6th seed is basically out of the picture, but that doesn’t mean this team can’t gain momentum heading into the postseason. It’s not too late to end this season on a winning streak and take a full head of steam into the playoffs. It’s all about discipline and effort. We know this team can do it, but will they?

Thunder Player of the Game

Russell Westbrook has put together some extremely impressive games in recent weeks. He’s been an assist monster lately, and that continued tonight. He recorded 15 assists, and one of those was a likely an “Assist Of The Year” candidate.

Russell also produced 19 points and 8 rebounds to go with those assists. The former MVP continues to find more than one way to help his team, but at this point, it’s just another game for the Brodie.

Back On The Road 

The Thunder will head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon as the boys in blue look to avoid the season sweep. The Thunder has the task of stopping Andrew Wiggins, who went for nearly 50 the last time these two teams met. If OKC can shut him down, they’ll have a great chance to win this one on the road.

The game will tip-off at 2:30 PM CST. It will be televised on ABC and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

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