The Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Saturday night. OKC looked to extend their winning streak to five games and keep the momentum going on this road trip.
The Thunder got off to a hot start in this one thanks to Danilo Gallinari. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in first quarter scoring, but tonight Gallinari had 8 points in the opening quarter. The only time this game was ever in question was in the start of the first. However, the Thunder took control at the end of the quarter to hold an eight point advantage.
The defense for OKC controlled the pace of this game. Although they allowed the Cavs to shoot nearly 46% from the floor, the Thunder came up with 14 turnovers which hindered them from getting into a real offensive rhythm.
Plenty of guys got it done on the offensive end of the ball. The Thunder had eight different players score in the first quarter alone, and eleven for the entire game. Billy Donovan has talked about the importance of getting young guys in the game, and he fully displayed that in this one.
The biggest offensive surprise of the night was Terrance Ferguson. T-Ferg is an extremely streaky shooter. He has primarily taken shots from deep this season, and when he gets going he lights up the scoreboard. That being said, it seems as if lately he couldn’t hit sand if he fell off of a camel. Maybe tonight’s performance was enough to turn around his luck on offense. He scored 13 points on 50% shooting, including 3-8 from beyond the arc. Ferguson is on the floor for his defensive abilities, but when he can contribute on offense it takes this team to the next level.
Nerlens Noel Goes Down With Ankle Injury
Nerlens Noel went down with an apparent left ankle sprain just before halftime. He was down for some time, but managed to walk off the court under his own power. Walking off the court was a great sign, but Nerlens did not return to the game. As of now, there hasn’t been an update on the injury.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Dennis Schröder is having a solid campaign for sixth man of the year. The Thunder is truly lucky to have a guy like Schröder coming off of the bench. On Saturday night in Cleveland he went for 22 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds. He was also a team high +19 on the floor.
The Thunder will continue their road trip on Monday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. The game will tip-off at 6:00 PM CST. It will be televised on FSOK, and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
This will be the second and final matchup against the 76ers this season. In the first game, OKC came out on top with a 127-119 win. Despite the 76ers losing seven out of their last ten games, this will still be a very tough matchup for the Thunder.
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