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Thunder Very Thankful To Beat Jazz (97-82) To Stop 6 Game Skid
The Thunder came into the Wednesday trying to find a way to be thankful for this season and get a win to stop this 6 game losing streak. Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, and Serge Ibaka combined for 63 points out of the Thunder’s 97 points that they had to beat the Jazz. The Thunder were able to pull away when the bench came in and outscored the Jazz bench 44-3 which is just a beatdown. Gordon Hayward finished with 24 points and was easily contained for most of the game. Utah couldn’t execute in the second half and wasn’t making the plays that would propel them to a win. Jeremy Lamb is growing into that great shooter that everyone knew he could be when they added him to the team. Jeremy has been attacking the paint and making sure that his jumper has been nothing but splash waterfalls.
The Thunder started to pull away right after Perkins missed both free throws in the 4th and then got his rebound and kicked it out to Anthony Morrow for the 3 pointer to stretch the lead. The Thunder have improved to 4-12 and now need to worry about keeping this chemistry up and making the right plays down the stretch in these very competitive games. The Thunder will be playing the Knicks on Friday and will look to attack the Carmelo-Less Knicks in the paint and try to force the Knicks to get 3 pointer happy.
The Thunder waived Sebastian Telfair right after the win which means two things either they liked Ish Smith better for their system or they will be getting Westbrook or Durant back from injury. Its crazy to think they would waive Telfair because he is the only pure point guard on the team.
The Thunder will have to play Ish or Reggie a lot more minutes now to actually try to get those tough wins. Reggie and Ish are not pure point guards they are scoring guards that look for their shot or the open man. With Russ or Kevin coming back the load will be off Reggie but I believe that he has stepped his game up and did the most that he can do to keep the ship afloat until the superstars come back.
Thunder will battle the Knicks on Friday in Chesapeake Energy Arena