Big win in a bad shooting night for OKC
By Addam Francisco
Friday night featured everybody but Oklahoma City's star player Kevin Durant. Without him, it wasn't easy but they got the job done defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 102-85. This is the 13th straight win over the Sixers.
Tonight was really an off shooting night for OKC, shooting only 40.2 percent from the field, but the fact that they were playing winless Philly helped the cause. Russell Westbrook as everyone knows, is a great scorer but he only shot 8-of-22 for the game, along with Serge Ibaka, only shooting 4-of-12 for the game, but somehow Russell ended up with a triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists and a career high 17 rebounds. This is what has to make Russell the most all around point guard in the game right now... YES, including the shooter in the Bay Area.
A player that the Thunder faithful were happy to see get a start was guard Anthony Morrow, coming out hot almost immediately seeming to hit a three. Anthony finished the game with 12 points and hit 5-of-8 shots. Pretty efficient night from this player licking his chops for playing time.
This really was a close game, closer than many may have expected. Especially after only a 48-43 lead going into the half which had the crowd a little concerned, like everyone didn't know Kevin Durant didn't play and that's a huge chunk of the offense.
The second half was a good one for Oklahoma offensively but especially defensively. The effort in the post all game by Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka can't go unnoticed, holding the Philly's two lottery picks Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor to a combined 19 points off 7-of-30 shooting for the game.
The next game for Oklahoma City will be at home against the Boston Celtics (3-4) on Sunday night at 6 p.m. With this win, OKC improves their record to 6-3 on the season.