Thunder finishes February on strong note
The Oklahoma City Thunder finished the month of February winning three of their last five games.
This young Thunder squad is still learning the ways around the game with some help from their veteran teammates Al Horford and George Hill.
OKC took down the Cleveland Cavaliers Feb. 21 with a final score of 117-101. They were led by their young leading star shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who finished the game with 31 points, four rebounds, and nine assists. Gilgeous-Alexander is shooting a career high 41% from three point land during the 2020-21 NBA season.
The Thunder also finished the game by knocking down 13 three-pointers while shooting 46% from the three point line. They also held Cleveland to only 23% from behind the arc.
The Thunder’s bench put their share into the game giving their team 42 points off the bench. OKC fell to the Miami Heat Feb. 22 by a margin of 14 with the final score being 108-94. The Thunder ended the game with 18 total turnovers which allowed the Heat to take seven more shot attempts.
Miami also finished the game with six blocks and seven steals, so their being active on the defensive end really bothered and forced OKC to commit 18 turnovers.
OKC hoped to get some revenge as they clashed with the San Antonio Spurs Feb. 24. Gilgeous-Alexander concluded the game with 42 points, eight rebounds, four assists, while shooting 65% from the field, and 55% from the three point line.
With 3.9 seconds left in the game, Thunder power forward Al Horford found small forward Luguentz Dort in the corner to knock down the game winning three pointer as time expired to give his team the 102-99 victory over the Spurs.
“That was nuts, that man has potential,” OCCC student Conner Chambers said. Dort finished the game with 16 points, four rebounds, and four made three pointers including the three point buzzer beater to end the game.
San Antonio going 67% from the free throw line was probably the main reason why they did not finish this game with a win.
Feb. 26, the Thunder clashed with the Atlanta Hawks. OKC had six different players score over 10 or more points in the game. OKC came out with the victory over the Hawks 118-109. Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game with 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Thunder power forward Darius Bazley finalized the game with 18 points, and 12 rebounds, while shooting 67% from the field. Despite the loss, Hawks center Clint Capela had himself a night– completing the game with 17 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks.
“That is a crazy stat line from one of the most underrated big men in the NBA,” OCCC student Daxton Yandell said.
Capela leads the league in rebounds with 14.2 rebounds per game and is third in blocks with 2.2 blocks per game. Thunder also finished the game shooting 52% from the field while getting 31 assists as a team.
The Thunder produced 16 made three pointers as well in their outing against the Hawks.
Unfortunately for OKC in their final game of February, the Denver Nuggets came off a 112-110 defeat to the Washington Wizards.
The Nuggets were eager to play another game after that loss, and their next opponent happened to be the Oklahoma City Thunder Feb. 27.
The Thunder were slaughtered by Denver 126-96. OKC did not shoot the ball very well in this game. They went 11-47 from the three point line.
It was the seventh time this season that the Thunder would end a game scoring under 100 points.
Denver was led by their all-star point guard Jamal Murray who capped off the game with 26 points, two rebounds, and five assists, while shooting 60% from the field. Murray is averaging 22 points per game this season, while shooting 40% from the three point line and 48% from the entire field