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Rapid reaction: Thunder set defensive records in 114-69 domination of Charlotte

by Anthony Slater Published: November 26, 2012
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones, center, keeps the ball away from Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) and forward Tyrus Thomas (12) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Oklahoma City won 120-98. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones, center, keeps the ball away from Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) and forward Tyrus Thomas (12) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Oklahoma City won 120-98. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater

Oklahoma City breezed by Charlotte on Monday night, finishing off a 114-69 domination of the Bobcats with many of the Thunder starters resting the final 15 minutes. Here’s some rapid reaction:

Turning point

Hard to believe, but Charlotte actually had three leads in this game (2-0, 4-2 and 6-4). That was until Thabo Sefolosha hit a three with 6:03 left in the first quarter, giving OKC its first lead and sparking an unbelievable 75-19 mid-game run, stretching from the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the third.

It was over when…

…This year’s Bobcats team decided to play like last year’s Bobcats team. Except worse. I was expecting to see an improved club (Charlotte entered at 7-5, already equaling their win total from last season’s 7-59 disaster). But what arrived in OKC looked more like a Division II club. Give the Thunder credit, taking care of business early and resting late. But that performance by the Bobcats was historically bad.

How historic?

-Charlotte scored 24 first-half points, the lowest Oklahoma City has given up in team history.
-The Thunder were the first team to lead by 40 or more at halftime since Nov. 2 1991, when the Warriors led the Kings by 47 (via ESPN stats)

Star of the game

Everyone on the Thunder, nobody on the Bobcats and any fan who was courageous enough to endure an entire 48 minutes of this monstrosity.

Best performance

Let’s give it to Hasheem Thabeet for his first career double-double. He went for a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds, mostly in garbage time. He looked confident and spry, like he has much of this comeback season, even throwing down a pair of impressive putback dunks.

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Video of the game

How about this exclamation point to the most dominant half in franchise history?

Up next

Wednesday promises to be provide a slightly more dramatic environment inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. James Harden returns to town, bringing the 6-7 Rockets with him. Will The Beard get booed or cheered?

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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