By Professor Fred Whitted NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above...
Thunder Beat Suns In OT As KD Erupts For 44 Points In Return (137-134)
The Thunder came into this game trying to figure out a way to string together some wins and what better way to do that then to have the MVP Kevin Durant back in the lineup. Kevin hasn’t played since the team was in Golden State and in that game he scored 30 points in 20 minutes. The Thunder and the fans have been waiting for him to assert himself back into the lineup and his ankle has been ready to go.
In the beginning of the game it was very aggressive and neck and neck as you could tell that neither of the teams wanted to back down. The Suns got Goran Dragic back who had missed that last meeting between the two teams when the Thunder had beat them. Dragic didn’t play a major role but his presence was noticed and was brought out in a big way as he was able to dish the ball to Bledsoe who had a huge game for the Suns with 29. The Suns one problem was that they had no answer Kevin Durant and Westbrook in the first half so they started trying to get under their skin. Alex Len and Russell Westbrook got into a small scuffle that had Len throw Westbrook to the ground and as Westbrook was falling he swung with a serious right hook that he was fortunate it didn’t land. They both got a double technical foul and the very next play Westbrook got a nice pass down the paint from KD and started jawing at the Suns bench and the ref’s and got tossed out with 27 seconds left in the 1st half.
The 2nd half the Thunder came out clicking on every cylinder and Kevin Durant turned into the MVP that we saw last year as he willed them on his back with Russ being ejected. KD finished the game with 44 points and wasn’t to be denied. KD hit every big shot down the stretch for his team and proved that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the West. The Thunder’s bench stepped up too as Roberson and Jones both had some great defensive stops down the stretch. But the plays that Ish Smith made to start the 4th quarter was unbelievable as he split defenders for a monster one handed dunk and then crossed a defender on the next play for the reverse layup showing that he can come in and make the plays that need to be made when given the chance.
The Thunder used that momentum from Ish Smith’s plays and a couple of KD jumpers down the stretch to seal this chippy game up against the Phoenix Suns.
The Thunder play the Washington Wizards on Friday and hope to keep this chemistry going that they have and want to try to get Westbrook involved early against John Wall who has been playing out of his mind lately too. John Wall is going to the All Star game this year and it is well deserved the way he has carried the Wizards.