Game 6: vs. DETROIT W (105-94)
Fueled by a career, regular season-high 25 points from Serge Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder knocked off the Detroit Pistons at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City Friday.
Slow Start For Durant and Westbrook
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each got off to a slow start in the first quarter, keeping the Pistons in the game. Durant went 2-6 from the field while Westbrook went 0-5 in the first 12 minutes. Durant bounced back to finish with 25 points, but Westbrook finished with just 10 points and four assists in over 30 minutes. Surprisingly, Detroit commanded just a one-point lead going into the second period.
Eric Maynor’s First Half
Eric Maynor scored 13 points off the bench and gave the Thunder a spark in the second quarter after Detroit battled their way back into the game. Maynor is slowly working his way back after tearing his ACL last season. Scott Brooks said he had to tell Maynor to be more aggressive a few games ago and Maynor answered by going 5-6 from the field for 13 points and finished with three assists as well in over 17 minutes Friday against Detroit. He is looking more and more comfortable with the second team and has found a rhythm even after the James Harden-Kevin Martin trade.
Serge Ibaka scored 25 points against the Pistons Friday, setting a new regular season-high for his career. Brooks is starting to use Ibaka as more of a scoring threat than last season and said Ibaka has one of the best mid-range jump shots on the team. The Thunder needs a fourth scorer to step up behind Durant, Westbrook and Kevin Martin. They won’t get much scoring out of Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha, so whatever Ibaka brings to the table is a bonus.
Player Of The Game: Serge Ibaka / 25 points / 7 rebounds / 3 blocks
NEXT GAME: vs. CLEVELAND (Nov. 11)