The Oklahoma City Thunder looked better than ever in their 122-97 thrashing of the Los Angeles Lakers. Every player played their part and played it well. The Thunder had five players in double-figures — four of which had 19 points or more. They seem to be more efficient each time they step onto the court.
While there were plenty of positives to take away from Friday night’s all-around solid victory, it is impossible to ignore Kevin Durant‘s ridiculously high level of play this season. He continued to be scorching hot en route to 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals on the night without even playing in the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook contributed at a high level as well – putting up 19 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds without playing in the fourth. It looks as if he is ready to kick things into another gear as holidays approach. I think he knows that excellent play is the perfect gift from any player to their fans.
The Thunder’s bench has been the gift that keeps on giving. Reggie Jackson — who finished with 19 points — and a swarm of reserves stepped in to close the game out in dominating fashion. They were outplaying players that started the game for the Lakers, although Kobe Bryant was getting some well-needed rest at that point. Check out the highlights and you will see some pretty good plays from the Thunder’s second unit — the best being two sick alley-oops from Jackson to Perry Jones III.
It is good to see this Thunder team clicking so well early in the season. They have proved that their chances to win a NBA Championship are stronger than ever. They are still undefeated at home with an 11-0 record and are also 18-4 overall. If this team can take control of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs then they may be able to cruise into the final round. They will have some tough matchups, but I do not see anyone beating them in a seven games series at this point.