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Thunder 94 @ Hawks 91 - Recap

 

 

Two teams with young and performing stars did not disappoint on Monday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks engaged in a gritty afternoon matchup that ended in a 94-91 win for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City’s second win in a row kicked off their four-game road trip in thrilling fashion. The win matches last season’s total, a step in the right direction for a franchise waiting for a resurgence.

Halfway through the first quarter, the Thunder trailed 13-16, but finished on a 16-6 run to take a seven-point lead.


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After scoring 12 points in the first, Kevin Durant scored just three points—all free throws—in the second. The third-year Texas product is getting to the line with good consistency, taking 9.4 free-throw attempts per game, tied with LeBron James for third most in the league. Durant leads the league in made free-throws with 325—that is 18 more than James, who is second. Durant is shooting almost 87 percent from the line this year.

Durant was perfect from the line, going 13-13, until the final seconds of the game when he made one of two free throws to take the final three-point lead. He finished with 29 points to lead all scorers.’

Nenad Krstic, playing for Nick Collison who did not play due to a concussion suffered against Miami, scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Joe Johnson had 23 pints for the Hawks, who lost for just the second time in seven games.

 



The explosive Jamal Crawford was held to 12 points, but was only 4-of-14 from the field.

Oklahoma City, the NBA’s third best shooting defense, kept Atlanta—a 46.8 percent shooting team—to 40 percent.

The two teams combined to score 154 points through three quarters, but stepped up defensively in the final quarter as just 31 points were scored.

The Thunder continue their road trip in two days against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, who hold the West’s worst record.

 

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By: Jonathan Woo
ProBasketball-fans.com Oklahoma City Thunder Correspondent


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