Things have been rough for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the beginning of this season but they would look to make up for it as they tried to grab their third straight win last night. They will host the struggling Atlanta Hawks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the first time this season as they look to take a lead in this two-game regular season series. The Thunder and the Hawks have met up a total of 131 times in the past as the Thunder won 65 games while the Hawks pulled 66 wins.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 83.3 FG%)
Terrance Ferguson (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 38.7 FG%, 13.3 3P%)
Dakari Johnson (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 53.6 FG%)
Kyle Singler (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
P.J. Dozier (G-League)
Luke Babbitt (coach’s decision; 6.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.9 FG%, 44.1 3P%)
Dennis Schroder (ankle; 19.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.7 APG, 44.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
Tyler Dorsey (2.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 35.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Josh Magette (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
Dewayne Dedmon (leg; 11.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 60.1 FG%, 48.3 3P%)
Mike Muscala (ankle; 6.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 41.2 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
The Oklahoma City Thunder would start the game off well as they shot fifty-six percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Atlanta Hawks to forty-six percent. Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points as he pulled down one rebound and dished off one assist. Paul George would chalk up 12 points while he drilled two three-pointers early in the second period. Russell Westbrook ended up with ten points to put along with his two defensive rebounds and eight assists. Josh Huestis played 9 minutes off of the bench as he was kept to five points with a three-pointer in the first quarter.
As for the Hawks, Marco Belinelli posted up 14 points as he drilled 3 three-pointers. He also collected two assists while former Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova earned ten points on sixty percent shooting. John Collins ended up playing the most minutes off of the bench to score six points but it was the Thunder who went into halftime with a 64-50 lead.
The Hawks would respond in the second half as they go on a 67-56, shooting fifty-six percent from the field. Belinelli scored 13 more points as he knocked down two three-pointers. He also gave out three assists while Ilyasova earned 12 points and three rebounds. Collins contributed with ten additional points while pulling down six rebounds. Malcolm Delaney played the most minutes off of the bench as he scored 11 points.
On the other end of the court, Westbrook scored 20 of the Thunder’s 56 second-half points. He also pulled down five rebounds, gave out seven assists, and prevented one shot from succeeding. Anthony contributed with ten more points but only shot thirty percent from the field. Steven Adams had five rebounds to put with his nine points in the 16 minutes that he played. After a clutch three-pointer by Westbrook with two seconds remaining in the game, the Thunder would escape with a 120 to 117 victory. Russell Westbrook finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 15 assists, 2 steals, and one block. Marco Belinelli had a season-high 27 points, along with one rebound, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will travel to Utah to take on Rodney Hood (18.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 43 FG%) and the Utah Jazz (15-18) tonight at 8:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the fourth and last time that these two teams will play each other this season. They have met up a total of 205 times with the Thunder winning 115 games while the Jazz ended up winning 90 games. The last time they played each other was on December 20 when the Thunder handed the Jazz a huge 107 to 79 loss. In that game, Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed 4 steals. Rodney Hood finished with 17 points and one steal.
The Atlanta Hawks will head to Texas to battle Harrison Barnes (18.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 44 FG%) and the Dallas Mavericks (9-24) tonight at 7:30 p.m. This game will mark the second and final time the Hawks and Mavericks will play against this season. They have battled each other a total of 73 times with the Hawks winning 41 games while the Mavericks pulled 32 wins. October 18 was the last time they played each other as the Hawks pulled away with a 117-111 win. In that game, Dennis Schroder had 28 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals while Dennis Smith finished with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 10 assists.