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Dion Waiters Finds His Shooting Touch As Thunder Beat Lakers (127-117)
The Thunder are coming off a game against Miami where they physically beat the Heat defensively in the second half. Coming into Tuesday’s game against the Lakers the Thunder were trying to keep that same intensity and did just that. Enes Kanter came out the gate with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the 1st quarter alone to set the pace in the paint for the night. Enes finished the game with 25 points and 16 rebounds. What’s impressive about that is the fact that he had 7 offensive rebounds and has put on a masterful display with the pick and roll with Russell Westbrook.
Throughout the game the Thunder needed that spark and someone to be that Robin to Westbrook being Batman and Dion Waiters did just that. Dion was hitting his jumpers from anywhere on the court and was able to get to the basket at ease it seemed. Waiters finished the game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists and was able to put his imprint on the game. Coming to OKC I had Waiters being exactly what they were missing as I felt he could fill the void of a James Harden to an extent. Waiters has been on a tear lately finding his shooting touch and being able to take it to the basket and use that stepback to his advantage like he was in Cleveland.
Waiters was able to compliment Russell Westbrook who had 27 points, 11 assists, and 2 rebounds and made it easy for Russ to just play the point guard role. It was very fun to see Russell being able to be that pure point guard and was even on the receiving end of a nice alley oop pass from DJ Augustin to break the game open. Westbrook has carried this team on his back and they are responding to him defensively and offensively on this streak.
The Lakers did have a bright spot in this game even though it resulted in a loss and that was the play of Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson had a career high 30 points against the Thunder and Lin had 19 as they combined for 49 points. The Lakers are showcasing their talent for next season and are trying to get back healthy just like the Thunder.
The Thunder will be in San Antonio tomorrow night facing the Spurs after a back to back for both teams and will try to keep this winning going as they are trying to climb into that 7th spot that Dallas currently has. The way that Russell Westbrook has been playing is on fire and he has been playing MVP like ball but it won’t matter unless they get the job done down the stretch in this tough stretch of games going into April.