The Thunder took on the Hornets on the road Friday night in Charlotte. After losing an ugly game to the Grizzlies the day before, OKC looked to bounce back with a victory on the second night of a back-to-back.
Oklahoma City got off to a quick start and held a double digit lead for a lot of the first quarter. While neither team was playing extremely well on offense, the Thunder managed to hold a lead thanks to their defense.
The second half was a lot of the same story, with the only real offensive threat for the Thunder being Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The defense for OKC on the perimeter was outstanding in the first half as they held the Hornets to 1-19 from the three in the first half. The Thunder took a 53-43 lead into halftime.
The tired legs of the Thunder started to show in the second half as Charlotte slowly worked their way back into the game. Playing the second night of a back-to-back that’s over a 1,000 miles away has to take a toll on these guys. OKC struggled to find offense in the second half, but the defense remained solid. After battling back and forth throughout the second half, the score was dead even after four quarters.
After heading into overtime, it seemed as if the Hornets were going to run away with this thing. However, it’s as if the Thunder got their “second wind” as they came out energized from the start and took control of overtime. The Hornets inevitably worked their way back into it in the final seconds, but the Thunder closed out the game thanks to a missed free throw from PJ Washington. The Thunder escaped with another overtime victory.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Steven Adams was under a ton of scrutiny at one point in time this season. He was battling injuries, and struggling on the court. However, the Big Kiwi has been excellent over this recent stretch of wins for the Thunder. In fact, he’s been a major contributor to recent success. Friday night against the Hornets he went for 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Thunder will head to Canada to take on the Raptors on Sunday evening. The game will tip-off at 5:00 PM CST, and it will be televised on FSOK.
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