That was fun! Thunder tops the Spurs 109-103 at the AT&T Center in a game that was highlighted by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s huge 3rd quarter. This is Oklahoma City’s 10th fourth quarter comeback win of the season, and their 4th win in a row.
SGA finished with 25 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds. He has scored 20+ points in 7 of his last 8 games, and is really starting to make his case for Most Improved Player. It seemed like he was able to get to the rim with ease tonight, and him and Chris Paul really seem to thrive in the clutch. Coming into tonight, Paul led the NBA in clutch time points with 91, and SGA was 7th with 61.
I thought Steven Adams did a great job on Lamarcus Aldridge tonight. It just seemed like Adams owned the glass for the most part of the game. Adams finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, and he actually made the majority of his free throws!
Danilo Gallinari didn’t have his best performance. He just couldn’t seem to get his shot going tonight, finishing with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and two assists. Although, he shot 5-15 from the field, and 3-10 from three point range.
Terrance Ferguson played good defense tonight, but he has got to start shooting more, and being more aggressive. Sometimes, he doesn’t even look confident in his shot, but he did have a nice transition finish. That was his only bucket of the game.
Dennis Schröder continues to impress. He is having a fantastic year, and he might actually be in the race for 6th Man of the Year. Him and Nerlens Noel work really well together on the second unit. I also like when Donovan decides to go with the three-guard lineup of SGA, Paul, and Schröder. Schröder finished with 19 points, 3 assists, and one rebound. Noel finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks, along with 1 assist.
Darius Bazley and Hamidou Diallo both played solid games. At one point in the first half, Bazley actually scored 7 straight points for the Thunder. He has been great defensively, and looks more confident on offense after each game. It’s just nice to see Diallo back. Even when he’s not scoring a lot, he flies around the court, and makes the majority of the team’s hustle plays.
In my opinion, the main stat that won the game for OKC was only having 4 turnovers as a team. This team takes care of the ball, and it’s nice to watch some good team basketball being played. This Thunder team is a lot of fun.
Thunder play next on Saturday, January 4th at 6:30 PM CT.