It was another great night for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They rolled over the San Antonio Spurs in a 113-100 victory on the road. The Thunder successfully defended their title as the best team in the NBA thus far, grabbing their ninth win in a row in the process.
The Spurs did not really play a bad game; the Thunder was just that much better tonight. This game never got close to slipping away from this team. They came on the floor reeking of confidence. Their shots were falling, their defense was disruptive and the bench played an outstanding game. There was no way OKC was going to lose this game.
The Thunder ended the game being +11 on the boards, shooting 48 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc — an amazing effort against a team that will be contending for a title this season. Their defense is highly underrated and does not make the headlines, but they managed to hold the Spurs to 42 percent shooting on the night. This was indeed once of the Thunder’s best game of the season.
Kevin Durant did not have to do much tonight. He only scored 17 points. I predicted that Russell Westbrook would be the difference in this game and he was. He dominated, scoring 31 points with eight assists on 13-of-22 shooting. The combination of Westbrook and Reggie Jackson is becoming something that gives opposing coaches and player’s nightmares before, during and after games.
Jackson’s game complements Westbrook’s game perfectly. The change of pace makes it hard for teams to properly adjust because chances are their backup point-guard isn’t as gifted as Jackson, who sometimes looks like a 10-year veteran when he’s commanding the OKC offense.
Oklahoma City returns home tomorrow night against the Toronto Raptors in what should be an easy one before their Christmas Day matchup with the New York Knicks. Prior to the Spurs game, I thought that the game against the Knicks would be the toughest. I know that sounds irrational, but we have already seen that the Spurs were not as tough as we expected, so that means that the Knicks could easily make for a tougher opponent.
In addition, it will be Christmas, and New York needs a little bit of hope — even if it results in a loss.