I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve noticed that most of the Thunder games lack drama this season.
Last season, and the season before, while the Thunder were still an amazing squad, the games would still usually come down to the final minutes. Or, at the very least, their opponent would still be in the game in the 4th. It gave the Thunder fanatic hope though. Those close games usually show your team what they’re made of, and shows the team how competitive they can be with the game on the line against a quality opponent. Those close wins gave the Thunder fanatic hope that they could be competitive in the NBA postseason against anyone they happened to draw.
Fast-forward to this season. While it didn’t start off well, as the Thunder were sitting with a 5-3 record after the Nov.14th contest at Golden State that saw Andre Iguodala bury the last second shot to steal the victory for the Warriors, the Thunder have since rattled of 15 victories in their last 16 games to put their current record at 20-4 for the season. This is their best start since the Supersonics’ ’93-’94 season, when they started 21-3 in their first 24 games. This season, the Thunder have gone ahead by so much, they can usually play on cruise control by the 4th quarter. Last night’s contest against the Nuggets was no exception.
Simply put, the Thunder outscored the Nuggets in every single quarter last night. After 1, they were up 29-24 (4-point lead). By halftime, they’d gone up 52-44 (8-point lead). After 3, it was 75-65 (10-point lead), and it ended with a final score of 105-93 (12-point win).
Russell Westbrook double-doubled once again for the Thunder, posting 21 points and pulling down 13 boards. Serge Ibaka had a double-double of his own (17 pts, 10 rebs). And Kevin Durant doesn’t need double-doubles when he scores 30 for the game.
J.J. Hickson and Ty Lawson posted the double-doubles on the Nuggets’ side of things. (Hickson: 20 pts, 14 rebs. Lawson: 17 pts, 13 assts). Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried dropped 13 points apiece, and Nate Robinson was the only bench player for either side to hit double digits in terms of points, finishing with 12.
Now the Thunder head back to OKC to play the Chicago Bulls this Thursday, who are once again without Derrick Rose. Rose will miss the remainder of the season following surgery on his right knee. Tip-off is scheduled for around 7pm CST and will be featured as the first half of TNT’s double-header, with the Spurs-Warriors contest on the back end. The contest will also be broadcast via WWLS The Sports Animal if you find yourself unable to make it to a TV screen. Or, you can always recap the action right here at Thunder In The Post if you happen to miss it.