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Thunder Get Revenge On Bulls In OKC Winning (109-100)
The Thunder are coming off a very good game against the Minnesota Timberwolves where Russell Westbrook got his 8th triple double of the season. Russell and the Thunder wanted to get revenge on the Chicago Bulls from beating them the last time on a last second buzzer beater by E’Twaun Moore in Chicago. The Bulls came out rolling as Pau Gasol scored 12 of the Bulls 15 points in the first quarter but then the Thunder adjusted to slow him down. Gasol ended the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds but him and Mirotic who had 27 points couldn’t do enough to stop OKC.
Russell Westbrook came out the gates very aggressive in the first quarter just like his teammate Enes Kanter. Kanter now holds the record for most rebounds in a quarter in Thunder history with 10 rebounds in the first quarter. Enes Kanter was very busy all day as he had to guard Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah in the game while getting his double double of 18 points and 18 rebounds. Kanter was able to talk about his chemistry that he has been able to build with his point guard Russell Westbrook. The pick and roll game has been very important for Russell Westbrook while he has been on this very historic run but you have to give Kanter some credit too for converting.
Russell Westbrook was able to take care of business as usual but didn’t get a triple double in this contest. Westbrook obviously would rather the win over the triple double’s but he scored 36 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists in the Thunder win. Westbrook has been able to show his leadership and also he has been able to show people that he has grown in his game. Russell has been able to read defenses and not rush his jump shot like he did in the past. In Russell Westbrook’s last 10 games he is averaging 32.8 pts, 11.3 asts, and 11.0 rebounds and has been worthy of MVP conversation.
The production from the Thunder bench has been incredibly good and they have stepped up in big moments. Anthony Morrow hit the biggest shot of this Thunder season so far and was able to talk about it. He lives for the moment and also he acknowledged that OKC has the best crowd in the NBA. Anthony Morrow had a 26 point game this week and also has been the emotional leader for this team. Dion Waiters stepped up big time as he and Morrow combined for 22 points and made some big stops down the stretch. Waiters has been getting some starter minutes as Scott Brooks is trying to get a good chemistry going for them getting ready for the playoffs.
The Thunder play in Dallas tomorrow night and are trying to pull out what is going to be a very interesting game in everyone’s eyes. The Mavericks have added Amare Stoudemire and also they have Chandler Parson’s back and seem to be clicking on all levels now. Rondo will get his chance to try to stop the “Masked Superhero” aka Russell Westbrook as he is coming off a hot month and is the heart and soul of this Thunder team until Kevin Durant comes back.
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