The Oklahoma City Thunder cap off the month of November going 12-3 with a 124-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night in OKC.
Former Oklahoma Sooner Trae Young and the Hawks came in with a 5-17 record, while the Thunder held on at 13-7 amidst dealing with injuries, illnesses, and setbacks. Hamidou Diallo was available for OKC tonight after dealing with a sprained ankles he suffered in Oakland during the Thunder’s 123-95 win over Golden State last week, but he remained on the bench for the duration of the game seeing as the Thunder never had a crunch time moment.
The Thunder outscored Atlanta 38-20 in the second quarter, which pretty much sealed the deal for OKC to take the win, and the Thunder defense was able to hold shooters like Trae Young to only 9 points in the night.
Young, who played his first ever game in Chesapeake Energy Arena, went 0-3 from the 3-point line, 4-15 from the field, and turned the ball over twice. The Hawks faced the Thunder in preseason, but the game took place at the BOK Center in Tulsa, and Russell Westbrook did not play for he was healing from a knee surgery he had over the summer.
Young spoke on his matchup against Westbrook during the Hawks’ shootaround prior to the game, and he noted that Russ was one of the top point guards in the league, and that he [Young] would have to come into the game fully prepared to take on the task of guarding Westbrook.
Russell Westbrook finished one rebound shy of picking up his 108th career triple-double with 9 rebounds, 23 points, and 10 assists. Westbrook tied Jason Kidd for 3rd in most career triple-doubles overall on Wednesday night during the Thunder’s 100-83 win over the Cavs.
Alex Abrines, who had his family, including his grandma, in from Spain, had a big night finishing with 21 points, going 7-11 from 3, his new career high in shots from downtown, and 7-11 from the field.
The Thunder will go on a 3-game road stretch starting in Detroit on Monday, heading to Brooklyn on Wednesday, and finishing off in Chicago on Friday before returning home to host the Utah Jazz on Monday, Dec. 10.
Watch here for a full Thunder postgame wrap-up + Trae Young’s pregame shootaround media availability.