Oklahoma City Thunder We’ve Been Waiting for All Season Finally Arrive

January 17th, 2015 by Andy Bailey Leave a reply »

As the old saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait."

On Friday night, the good thing was a 127-115 win for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors. It came complete with the ferocious, devastatingly effective offense that OKC fans have been waiting for all season.

Kevin Durant scored 36 points on 18 shots. Serge Ibaka scored 27 points on 18 shots. And Russell Westbrook? Oh, he just had a ho-hum triple-double of 17 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds.

What makes all this even more impressive is the fact that it happened against the Golden State Warriors, who lead the league in defensive rating, giving up just 97.3 points per 100 possessions.

Now, the Warriors were without defensive anchors one and two in Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala, but that was more of a footnote to, rather than a reason for, this explosion.

Even when those two are on the bench, the Warriors typically give up fewer than 100 points per 100 possessions. They weren't even able to sniff that mark with OKC's three best players all clicking.

That ...

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