Unlike Thursday’s come-from-behind victory against the Hornets, the Oklahoma City Thunder left little to chance on Friday night in Washington D.C. After erasing an early 10-point deficit, the Thunder got rolling and finished the first quarter with a 35-30 lead. The entire OKC offense caught fire shortly thereafter — outscoring the Wizards 44-20 in the second and effectively putting the game away before halftime.
The Thunder shot 15-of-23 in the second quarter — including a perfect 11-of-11 from Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Jerami Grant, and Steven Adams — en route to a 79-point first half that featured 22 assists and a blistering 9-of-16 effort from downtown. The Thunder shot 62.5 percent from the field, 56.3 percent from deep, and 76.9 percent from the free throw line in the first two quarters. With a 29-point advantage heading into the break, the rest of the game was little more than a formality.
Westbrook led the way for the Thunder with 23 points, 12 assists, and 4 steals. Jerami Grant had a big night with 22 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. George (17), Dennis Schroder (16), and Steven Adams (15) joined them in double-figures. For the game, OKC shot 57 percent from the field, 47 percent from long range, and dished out season-high 34 assists.
It was a complete effort all around and easily the best version of this Thunder team we’ve seen so far this season.
With the Thunder’s record at .500 for the first time this season, they’ll have a couple days off before returning to action against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday evening. That game tips off at 7:00 PM CST and will be televised on NBA TV and Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Russell Westbrook highlights:
Jerami Grant highlights:
About that first half: Per ESPN Stats & Info, the 79-point first half is tied for the most in Thunder history. The 44-point second quarter is a new Thunder record for most in any quarter. The 29-point halftime lead is tied for the third-largest in franchise history. Quite a night.
The Jerami Game: Grant came out hot, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. His final line: 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He shot 9-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from downtown. Not bad for a kid from the D.C. area.
Sorry, Scotty: Scott Brooks is going to lose his job, isn’t he?
Dwight Returns: If there was a bright spot for the Wizards in this one, it was Dwight Howard’s strong play in his season debut. Howard scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting — and really looked phenomenal in the first quarter.
PG10K: With 17 points tonight, Paul George eclipsed the 10,000-point mark for his career. That’s pretty neat.