Kendrick Perkins nailed a running hook shot. Derek Fisher drilled an and-1 3-pointer. Russell Westbrook fired one in from so far away that MidFirst Bank might want to add $20,000 onto his next paycheck. It was that kind of night for the Thunder in New Orleans, playing its third road game in four days but not looking the part, crushing the Pelicans 109-95 to improve to 14-4 on the season. “It was a good team win,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Guys really locked in on what we wanted to do, what we talked about in shootaround. The ball movement was outstanding, and the body movement was good.” But in one of the Thunder's most complete team efforts on the season, it was still about the stars. For New Orleans, it was about the star it didn't have, with Anthony Davis, one of the league's best young talents, out with a fractured hand. And for the Thunder, it was about the three stars it did have. Kevin Durant was his usual self, filling the stat sheet with 29 points on efficient 11-of-17 shooting, to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals. Westbrook, who was questionable after missing shootaround with an illness, was a hyperactive sparkplug, keeping the Thunder in it early with a trio of winding layups and putting the Pelicans away late with some long-range bombs.
Thunder overwhelms New Orleans, 109-95
The Oklahoman | Dec 7