It’s an old saying, but in the case of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s very appropriate. You know you have a solid NBA basketball team when you play horrible, don’t deserve to win and still get the victory.
The Oklahoma City Thunder improved to 6-2 and won their fifth straight game 92-90 on the road against the winless Detroit Pistons Monday night.
Russell Westbrook struggled with 11-of-25 shooting but hit 11 free throws and wound up with a healthy 33 points. Both he and Kevin Durant played almost 44 minutes apiece. Durant also was shaky from the floor, 8-of-22, but perfect at the stripe by going 10-of-10 and scored 26 points. He and Westbrook combined for 10 rebounds. It was not a good first three quarters but the fourth quarter more than made up for it.
Regardless of the opponent, a road win is always sweet. It was even sweeter for the Thunder because they didn’t deserve this one.
“It says that we never quit,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “That is one of our trademarks. We always play hard until the end. There is a lot games where we don’t play well, but there is very few we don’t play hard. Tonight there were so many set up opportunities for us but it wasn’t our night. Four and five nights in three different cities but we didn’t use those excuses.”
The winners shot 27-of-73 from the floor for 37 percent and only 1-of-10 in 3-pointers for 10 percent. But their aggressiveness put them to the free throw line 42 times and that’s where the Thunder roared, hitting 37 shots. They hit the last 18 free throws.
The Thunder will take this one.