The Thunder picked up a 110-110 road victory on Friday night in Phoenix, moving to 10-5 on the season behind 32 points and 11 rebounds from Paul George. Steven Adams pitched in 26 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. They were joined in double-figures scoring by Dennis Schroder (15), Jerami Grant (14), and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (12) (?!). Russell Westbrook was inactive for his sixth straight contest, sitting out yet again due to his sprained left ankle. The Thunder are 5-1 in his absence.
The Thunder will be back in action on Monday night in Sacramento — taking on the upstart Kings at 9:00 PM CST. That game will be televised on NBA TV and Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Paul George: 32 pts, 11 reb, 3 stl, 3 blk, 9/22 FG, 3/10 3P, +12
Steven Adams: 26 pts, 10 reb, 11/15 FG, -2
Game of Runs. The Thunder used an 11-0 run to open the third quarter, building an 18-point lead with 7:05 remaining in the frame. The Suns later mounted an 11-2 run of their own to trim the Thunder lead to six with 3:45 to play. Luckily for OKC, they were able to regain control and pushed the lead back into double-digits before comfortably escaping with the win.
Turnovers. The Thunder turned the ball over 18 times — 12 in the first half — but Phoenix was only able to turn those into 15 points. The effort will need to be cleaner against stiffer competition.
TLC. Terrance Ferguson sat out due to personal reasons, affording Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot an opportunity at playing time. TLC logged a season-high 25 minutes, turning that run into 12 points and 4 rebounds. He finished as a -4 on the night — but it was nice to see him get some action.
The Free Ones. The Thunder again found success at the free throw line, hitting 27-of-32 for a 84.4 percent success rate. Paul George went 11-of-11 from the stripe himself.
The Other Guys. Four Suns scored in double figures, including TJ Warren (23), Deandre Ayton (21), Devin Booker (16), and Myles Bridges (14). Booker again struggled against the Thunder defense, hitting just 5-of-16 from the field. He did dish out 12 assists, however.