Oklahoma City Thunder

Thunder Leave Phoenix With A Win Despite Poor Shooting Performance

Craig Hofeld


The Thunder traveled to Phoenix to take on the Suns on Friday night. On paper, the Thunder was the better team in this matchup. That being said, OKC had to deal with a very upset Devin Booker, who felt as if he was snubbed in the All-Star game.

The Thunder expected Devin Booker to come out and shoot right out of the gates. He did just that, and scored 14 points on 6-9 shooting in the first half. Thunder rookie Luguentz Dort was matched up on Booker for the entirety of the game. Dort’s minutes on the court mirrored that of Booker’s.

Oklahoma City didn’t particularly shoot the ball well, but fortunately, their advantage on the boards and on the turnover margin helped them stay in this game. The Thunder shot the ball 41%, while the Suns shot at 50% for the first half. OKC had 10 offensive rebounds for 11 second chance points.

The Thunder came out and shot the ball a little better in the second half, raising their overall percentage to 43% on the night. OKC never got into a rhythm from beyond the arc, as they went 7-31 from deep. Once again in the second half, OKC stayed in this game due to the turnover margin. The Suns finished with 19 turnovers, while the Thunder had 12.

OKC had to fight through the foul troubles of Steven Adams. Kelly Oubre Jr and Deandre Ayton were having a field day in the paint with the absence of Adams. Not to mention the fact that Oubre was able to reach the free throw line 9 times.

Just when it looked as if the Suns were going to runaway with this one, the Thunder went on an 11-0 run led by no other than Chris Paul. The Suns began to crumble in the final minutes, while the Thunder put the touching pieces on another fourth quarter comeback. This marks the 30th win of the season for OKC, and their 7th straight road victory. The 7 straight road wins is the second most in Thunder franchise history.

Thunder Player Of The Game

Chris Paul was recently voted into the NBA All-Star game. While everyone has their opinion on his selection, he made it clear in the second half as to why he is deserving of that spot.

He got off to a slow start in the first half, but CP3 came alive in the second half as the Thunder mounted this comeback victory. He finished the night with 20 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Much Needed Break For The Thunder

The Thunder have played a couple more games than most teams have so far this season. As a result, the team will have a four day break and will play again on February 5th. OKC will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00 PM CST.

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