In a tale of two halves, the Oklahoma City Thunder had a thunderous second half inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night to overcome a 17-point deficit and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96.
Starting the game 1-11 from the floor, the Thunder looked defeated and weary as Brooklyn caught heat on offense forcing three turnovers in the first quarter and causing havoc on the Thunder offense leading to multiple missed opportunities and shots left short.
Russell Westbrook powered through the first half leading his team with 17 points even with OKC down 10 going into the locker room. Westbrook did pick up his 26th triple-double of the season, 130th of his career, and finished the night with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Paul George battled through some left shoulder pain after ditching the athletic tape on his right shoulder in Utah on Monday night, but claimed it was nothing to be worried about, and he was easily able to battle through it.
“I took another hit, this time on my left side, and it messed things up a little bit,” George said in his postgame presser. “If it’s not broken, I’ll be out there playing. It’s nothing that serious.”
George was able to return to his stronger self shooting his way out of previous offensive woes going 9-18 on the night, 3-6 from downtown, and gathering 25 to end the night helped out by going 4-4 from the charity stripe.
Deonte Burton, fresh off his new multi-year NBA contract after being on a two-way contract, showed confidence and agility from the floor going 3-7, 1-2 from the 3-point line, and stating his level of confidence remains unchanged.
“Nothing, honestly,” Burton said postgame when asked how his contract has affected his confidence. “I have the same confidence I had before the contract. I’ve always had the same amount of confidence because I put in the work, and my teammates trust in me.”
The Thunder outscored the Nets 66-44 in the second half to claim win No. 42 of the season and snap Brooklyn’s four-game winning streak giving the Thunder its second consecutive win as the team prepares for a quick turnaround in Indianapolis on Thursday night.
The Thunder will come face to face with the Indiana Pacers for the first time this season on the second night of a back-to-back at 6:00 p.m. Oklahoma time as the team searches for a third straight win, while the Pacers are coming off a win against the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
The Thunder are now 42-28 in the regular season with only 14 games left before the arrival of the postseason, while the Nets fall to 36-34 and will prepare to take on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Marc 16.
Watch below for a full Thunder postgame wrap-up including postgame pressers from Paul George, Nerlens Noel, Deonte Burton, and Russell Westbrook.