What. A. Night.
On Russell Westbrook Day and the day the Thunder unveiled their new memorial jerseys, the Thunder took on the Houston Rockets for an emotional night. Westbrook returned home to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the first time since getting traded to the Rockets this summer.
For Thunder fans, this was literally the best-case scenario. The Thunder won 113-92 and Westbrook played the best game for the Rockets, finishing with 34 points on 14-of-26 shooting.
As for the Thunder, it was a completely dominant game from start to finish. This game weirdly wasn’t in doubt from the time the game started until the time it ended.
The dark horse, and the overall reason I believe the Thunder pulled off such a dominant win is due to Terrance Ferguson’s defense on James Harden tonight. Harden may be accustomed to a poor shooting night here and there but he knows how to get to the free throw line, which is something he couldn’t seem to do tonight. Harden finished the night with 17 points on 5-of-17 shooting and only got to the line five times. That was the X-factor in this win for OKC.
Can OKC do the same thing to Lebron James and the Lakers on Saturday? We’ll see!