Pelicans Pummeled By Thunder In OKC
Russell Westbrook would have had a triple double against the Pelicans, but the game was already in hand to end the third quarter in OKC.
New Orleans managed to stay close in the first quarter, but the Thunder blew the doors off in the middle two quarters of the game for a 121-95 final result. A run in the second quarter of the game put them up by double-digits, and they were able to keep the Pelicans at arms' length for the rest of the game. A large portion of the fourth quarter was played with subs because of the 95-74 lead at the end of the third.
Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday both had 23 points, but they were outperformed by OKC's duo.
Westbrook had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but he had those stats at the end of the third quarter. Westbrook and Durant both finished with 23 points in the game, but they spent a lot of time watching the game from the bench to finish.
The Pelicans were able to keep up with the offensive onslaught in the first half, where both teams shot over 50% from the floor. Unfortunately for New Orleans, the Thunder stayed hot(45-86 FG, 52%) and they cooled off significantly(38-88 FG, 43%). The shooting discrepancy made a difference, especially from the three point line, where the Thunder enjoyed a 27 point advantage.
On the perimeter and in the paint, it wasn't New Orleans' night.
Oklahoma City frustrated Davis in the post all night, and he finished with only three rebounds. The Pelicans were outrebounded as a team, 31-50, and they were taken out of the game in the third quarter.
After two straight wins, the big loss to the Thunder definitely takes some wind out of their sails heading into the All-Star Break.
NOTE: Monty Williams was not with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they left his spot open on the floor during the National Anthem.