When Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook checked into the game for the last time with a little over 8 minutes remaining, the scored was tied at 85. They ended the quarter on a 25 to 14 run to close out the beleaguered Nets. Ask the Thunder how much of a difference having their stars healthy makes.
Kevin Durant had a vintage KD game, scoring 30 points on 11-18 shooting, doing his work methodically precisely, and quietly. The Nets’ rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (who draws LeBron James in his next matchup) had a welcome-to-the-league game trying (and predictably failing) to contain Durant. “I seen fresh meat and I was ready to eat. And I was hungry,” Durant said.
Russell Westbrook had a remarkably efficient night, shooting 10-16 to score 27 points. Russ also contributed 13 assists and 6 boards.
OKC’s offense flowed incredibly well against the Nets. They shot an effective field goal percentage (an advanced stat that accounts for 3 point percentage) of 59% compared to Brooklyn’s 47%.
OKC’s next game is Friday at 7 o’clock against the 8-7 Detroit Pistons. Stan Van Gundy’s team has impressed so far, with Andre Drummond having a chance to average 20 points and 20 rebounds a game. Former Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson returns to Oklahoma City averaging 20 points, six assists, and 3.5 boards.