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KD & Dion Waiters Too Much For Jazz Down The Stretch, Thunder Win (99-94)
The Thunder coming off of two of their worst loses in the KD & Westbrook Era. The Thunder lost to the Warriors and the Kings by more than 20 in both games. The Thunder came into the game against the Jazz hungry for a win and wanted to prove that they can adjust with the new play of Dion Waiters and gel it together. The Thunder were trailing the majority of the game to the Jazz as they couldn’t stop Gordon Hayward,Derrick Favors, and Trey Burke as they combined for 69 of the 94 points that the Jazz scored. It seems like anything that Derrick Favors did in the paint was very effective as him and Gobert were putting in work. Kendrick Perkins said ” I had to go and actually give Gobert some respect after the game”. Gobert had 7 blocked shots and was a force to be reckoned with in the paint because, his defensive play kept them in the game.
The Thunder woke up in the second half as Kevin Durant started getting locked into MVP mode which was activated especially with Gordon Hayward playing defense on him in the 4th. KD hit back to back jumpers to give the Thunder the lead in the 4th and didn’t look back. Dion Waiters in his debut in front of the Thunder faithful was everything the Thunder wanted and more with his clutch 3 pointer that sealed the game with 23 seconds left. Waiters is the type of player that if he misses he wants to come back and prove that he can hit that big jumper and thats what he did. Waiters had 15 points and also played 26 minutes. Reggie Jacksons minutes were his lowest since the game against the Hornets and he only had 5 points in this game.
The Thunder locked down on defense and didn’t allow a shot after the 9 minute mark in the 4th quarter. The Thunder will have to continue this and try to make the best of every moment they get to try to build this chemistry.