Haiti in the house: Lu Dort catches stride in 120-100 win

On an emotional night without Chris Paul, the Thunder got handled by the Dallas Mavericks at home. Two nights later, the Thunder traveled to Sacramento and made the Golden 1 Center their home for the night.

After both teams started the first quarter slowly (the Thunder led 23-16), one of those teams woke up. Luckily for Oak City fans, the Thunder are the team that woke up, scoring 97 points through the final three quarters to beat Sacramento 120-100. This is their sixth win in seven games and their sixth-straight road win of the season.

The Thunder roster was the closest to full strength as it’s been since the new year and the production showed. However, there was one player that shined brighter than the rest. If you watched the game, got on Twitter, checked your phone, or talked to fellow Thunder fans during the game, you know that Luguentz Dort had the game of his career, literally. Dort finished with 23 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three, making him the fourth rookie in Thunder history to hit five threes in a game.

The potential we’ve seen out of Dort through his first six starts is very promising. The Thunder have been looking for a two-way player like Dort for a while now and Dort has shown signs of being that guy.

Through 49 games, the Thunder have won 29 and are on pace to win 50 this year, which would be the highest win total since the 2015-2016 season. They’ll play one more game on the road, in Phoenix on Friday before a four-day break between games, something that’s much needed after 17 games in January.

Just six games until the all-star break! How many do the Thunder win?

Addam M. Francisco

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

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