Things are looking up for the Thunder as they notch a fifth straight win over the Los Angeles Clippers at 121-113 on Friday night.
As the end of the season draws near, the competition in the West thickens, and every game serves as an potential entry into the 2018 NBA playoffs. This win safely keeps the Thunder at No. 4 in the West behind the Rockets, the Warriors and the Trail Blazers, while the Clippers slide to No. 10 behind the Nuggets.
Corey Brewer led the way for the Thunder tonight ending the night with 22 points, and all five games Brewer has started for the Thunder have resulted in a Thunder win. Brewer was also one of five Thunder players to finish in double digits tonight.
Despite a pelvic strain suffered during the Thunder’s win over the Hawks on Tuesday night, Paul George picked up 19 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. His practice time was limited the day before, and his appearance on the court tonight was a game-time decision after testing out his strength during warmups. PG ended up playing 38 minutes and claimed he felt “good enough to play” in his postgame interview.
Steven Adams had a notable defensive night snagging 14 rebounds, five blocks and three steals. Terrance Ferguson brought the OKC crowd to their feet knocking down two 3-pointers and having a massive alley-oop layup from Raymond Felton. Ferguson racked up 12 points to help the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook, who notched his 100th career triple-double Tuesday night in Atlanta, picked up yet another triple-double tonight finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He sits at No. 4 on the NBA’s list of all-time career triple-doubles behind Jason Kidd (107), Magic Johnson (138) and Oscar Robertson (181).
The Thunder pick up a 42nd win, and this win serves as incredibly significant with their schedule for the upcoming week. The Thunder will be put to the test facing the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night and the Celtics in Boston on Tuesday. The team returns home to OKC to host the Miami Heat on Friday, and the Trail Blazers will be in town next Sunday night giving the Thunder a chance to climb higher in the Western Conference standings.
Watch here to see what Russell Westbrook, Terrance Ferguson, Corey Brewer and Paul George had to say about the Thunder’s win over the Clippers: