By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City beat Portland 106-90 on Friday night, completing its road portion of the NBA schedule in victorious fashion. Here’s some rapid reaction:
For the second straight night, with time running down in the first half, Thabo Sefolosha drilled a buzzer-beating three, giving OKC a 55-54 lead heading into half. It gave the Thunder clear momentum as the third quarter began, and they capitalized.
It was over when…
…The Thunder kept up its recent third quarter dominance, smoking the Blazers 26-7 in the period. Portland couldn’t shoot (3-of-21 in the quarter) or defend. And by the start of the fourth, it was already mop-up time.
Star of the game – Russell Westbrook
The above tweet is all you really need to know about Westbrook’s dominance (outscoring an entire team by 10 in a quarter?!). But it doesn’t mention his defense. And it was great on Friday night, helping hold Rookie of The Year runaway Damian Lillard to 3/14 shooting and 10 points, far below his season averages. Westbrook was a pest all night, hounding Lillard and spooking the rookie. And, oh yeah, he also added 33 points and three steals.
Stat of the game
The Thunder finished 26-15 on the road this season, second in the NBA behind (Who else?) the Miami Heat at 28-12.
Serge Ibaka with the block, Russell Westbrook taking the honors of finger-wag:
Two games left for the Thunder, both at home:
-Sacramento on Monday
-Milwaukee on Wednesday.