“It's what we expect,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
Most significant was how Westbrook reignited the Thunder's transition game. Largely behind Westbrook's end-to-end speed, the Thunder raced to nine first-quarter fast break points and 13 by halftime, scoring on all six opportunities. In the previous two games, the Thunder produced just 16 points in transition. OKC finished with a season-high 27 Wednesday.
“We just try to play off our defense,” Durant said. “And I think tonight we did a good job of getting into the passing lanes and rebounding and kicking it up and getting to the cup.”
Durant was dominant in his own right, but with the pass on this night, finally flaunting the phenomenal playmaking he displayed in the preseason. He finished with 23 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Behind Durant's passing and Westbrook's nonstop pressure, the Thunder had 28 assists and shot a season-high 54.4 percent.