By Calvin Alexander
Tonight in Oracle Arena the Oklahoma City Thunder took game one. After hearing all of the talk in the media, Kevin Durant and company shut down the critics and held on to win game one, on the road.
This Thunder team had so many doubts headed into the playoffs, in the regular season the main story line was the 4th quarter losses. Confidence was nowhere to be found in the 4th quarter.
But look at those boys now, with a record of 5-1 in the playoffs on the road, the Thunder have shut up a lot of the critics who thought The Golden State Warriors would easily beat this Thunder team.
This was only game one but it was a huge win for a team that has been shaky all season long. Game one against San Antonio seems like forever ago, although it is a hard loss to get over, this team seems to have found its groove.
After a bad first half, Russel Westbrook came out in the second half with a new focus on the game, he made some clutch jump shots and ended the night with 27 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds. Westbrook came up big on the defensive end with 7 steals. Kevin Durant had a 4th quarter slump, he had a stretch where he was 0-7 shooting, but he finished the night with 26 points, 3 assists, and 10 rebounds. Durant had 3 steals as well.
The big takeaway from tonight’s game was Steven Adams. Even with an injured shooting hand he was +19, which is a better +/- than anyone else playing tonight. Adams made 6 clutch free throws down the stretch to help secure the victory.
Game 2 is at Golden State, Wednesday 8pm Central Time