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Post-Game Analysis: Thunder vs. Raptors

Game 4: vs. TORONTO W (108-88)

The Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 20-point, election night victory over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder finished with a season-high 24 assists with six players scoring in double-digits.


Oklahoma City’s ball movement was one of the main factors in their 20-point victory over the Raptors, especially in the first quarter. The Thunder tallied nine of their 24 assists in the first and they swung the ball around the three-point line on a number of possessions. Oklahoma City’s offense worked so well that Thabo Sefolosha benefited from three hockey assists to go 3-3 from beyond the arc in the first quarter.


Russell Westbrook turned in his finest performance of the Thunder’s four-game season. He led all scorers with 19 points and finished with eight assists and just one turnover as well. It all starts with Westbrook offensively for the Thunder. When he balances his scoring and distribution, it’s over. He only took 12 shots against Toronto and was the team’s leading scorer. When he sets the tone, Oklahoma City is nearly impossible to beat.


The biggest difference between the Raptors and Thunder Tuesday was their shooting percentages. Oklahoma City shot lights out, finishing at 47% (35-74) while Toronto was held to 35% (30-84). The Raptors settled for too many jump shots and three attempts, going 7-30 from long range. Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka did a good job of keeping Toronto’s bigs away from the lane and forced them to take low percentage shots all night as well. Toronto’s talent could never compare with the Thunder’s, but you’re not going to beat the Charlotte Bobcats shooting 35% from the field.


Hasheem Thabeet, or Hash, as his teammates call him, scored in double-digits for the first time since his rookie season. He played over 22 minutes and finished with 10 points, five boards, and just one turnover. He was 2-2 from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe as well. He’s slowly gaining confidence and stepping up to fill the void left by Cole Aldrich, who was a part of the James Harden trade to Houston.


Next Game: at CHICAGO (Nov. 8)  


Trey Hunter
Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer for HOOPSADDICT.com, Former Sports Editor for The Vista at the University of Central Oklahoma, Freelance sports writer for The Edmond Sun.
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