The Thunder went out and handled business, The team needed a win and got one.
Thunder went 0-4 in their first four games without All-Star Westbrook and are now 1-4 with this win. ”It feels special,” guard Dennis Schroder said. ”I think we can build off of that win. We’re going to keep getting better. It was a good one tonight.”
The person who clearly stepped up for the Thunder was Nerlens Noel who grabbed 15 boards and scored 20 points.
Steven Adams wasn’t able to play in this game after his left calf gave him stiffness during warm ups, the coach decided Noel was ready to start in his place.
He did a lot of really good things,” Donovan said. ”He was really, really active. He was very active defensively. He scored some points on some lobs and some rolls and he got to the free-throw line. I was really, really impressed with his defense.”
Westbrook knocked down back-to-back layups to make it 82-65 in the third. George hit a shot from just beyond half court at the third-quarter buzzer to put Oklahoma City up 96-76.
Th game concluded with Oklahoma City Thunder winning 110-117, Westbrook posted 23 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.