The Thunder hosted the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night for the first game of their back-to-back this weekend. The Hawks haven’t had a great season, but anticipation was still high with Trae Young being back in Oklahoma.
The Atlanta Hawks are the worst first quarter team in the NBA, giving up 31 points on average. The Thunder surpassed that mark in the first quarter thanks to a Chris Paul buzzer beater that gave the Thunder a 33-30 advantage. Both teams came out shooting lights out on Friday night. However, it was the Thunder who remained consistent enough to pull away.
Just about everyone was contributing for the Thunder. The team had nearly 8 guys in double-digit scoring with Diallo finishing the game with 9 points. Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 25 points while shooting 70% for the night. Shooting well was the theme of the night for OKC, as they finished the game shooting 58%.
Oklahoma City edged a slight advantage each quarter to build up a double-digit scoring lead heading into the fourth quarter. Finally, the Thunder put this one away with a barrage of three point shots. It’s as if the Thunder never cooled down from their hot shooting in the first quarter. The team finished the night at 56% from deep, and coasted to a 140-111 win over the Hawks.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Mike Muscala has had a fairly limited roll during his time with the Thunder. He hasn’t been asked to much, but he has done what’s been asked of him extremely well. With Steven Adams out due to injury, Muscala got the call Friday night. He recorded 14 points on 5-7 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc.
The Thunder hasn’t had this deep of a bench in quite some time. Having guys like Muscala who can contribute on any given night is essential to this teams success.
Mike Muscala is on 🔥🔥🔥— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 25, 2020
First time in his career making 4+ three-pointers in back-to-back games. (That's 8 three's in 33 minutes!!) pic.twitter.com/HQYKCOGeN1
The Thunder will fly to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on the second night of this back-to-back. The game will tip-off at 7:00 PM CST. It will be televised on FSOK, and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
The Timberwolves have gotten the best of the Thunder in recent memory. However, OKC did win the last matchup against the T-Wolves on January 13th. It will be interesting to see how the Thunder come out and play after the overnight flight.
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