By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
A Thunderous Christmas In Texas As The Thunder Beat Spurs (114-106)
The Thunder came into the Christmas Day game with a bad taste in their mouth from the game in OKC against Portland where they lost. The Spurs have been clicking on all cylinders and have been getting some pieces back to the championship puzzle. Since KD has gone down in Golden State with his ankle injury Russell Westbrook has been a man on a mission. Westbrook has been the leader of this team all season with his MVP like numbers and also his ability to play both ends of the floor.
The Thunder started the game against the Spurs on very slow but took over in the 2nd quarter off the play of Westbrook and didn’t look back. Andre Roberson has emerged into one of the best defenders in the league and has shown a lot of promise in improving his jumpshot. Reggie Jackson has also shown that he can lead a team and has shown the production of a starter even coming off the bench. Reggie has grown and has proven that he deserves to be getting starting minutes. Reggie finished the game with 6 points and he had conducted the flow of the offense really well. The one thing that the Thunder were lacking in down the stretch was defense as they gave up too many easy baskets in the 4th but still managed to make something out of nothing and lock down when it mattered most to win.
Steven Adams had the momentum shift play of the game with him shutting down Tim Duncan on both ends of the floor under the 5 minutes in the game. After he did that then Westbrook got into his MVP mode and was attacking the rim and being very aggressive. The way that Westbrook plays he is going to either get fouled or he is making the basket and the Spurs couldn’t do anything about it.
Westbrook finished the game with 34 points and 11 assists he was not to be denied. This is Westbrook’s 10th game straight with 25 points or more in a stretch and he has been very impressive. Steven Adams added 16 points and 15 rebounds which is a career high for him as the Thunder will get ready for the Hornets tomorrow at Chesapeake Arena.
The Thunder will try to stop Big Al and also Kemba Walker as they try to get a winning streak going. KD will be a game time decision and is taking his injury very seriously.