GM 13: RAPID REACTS

Oklahoma City Thunder 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -5During a fourth quarter in which the Sixers outscored OKC 19-13, LA was large on both ends. He scored six points on three shots, grabbed three rebounds, and blocked a pair of shots. Thing is, there were other quarters.
Thaddeus Young, SF 44 MIN | 13-23 FG | 3-3 FT | 15 REB | 4 AST | 29 PTS | +5A career night in every sense. Thad set a new career mark with 15 rebounds and fell just four shy of setting a new personal standard for points scored. He was tremendous.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 10-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 26 PTS | -4Another very good night for ET. He made plays large and small (blowing by Sefolosha to tie it at 100 early in OT fits neatly in the “large” category) and effectively manned the point in the third quarter while Holiday was riding the pine with foul trouble.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 6 PTS | -17The 13-2 assist to turnover ratio was, especially considered against his early season struggles, impressive, but not a whole lot else went right for Jrue tonight. The offense was better when he was off the floor.
Jason Richardson, SG 18 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -3Before he reaggravated his sprained ankle, J-Rich was very good and very efficient.
Dorell Wright, SF 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +1After the Sixers win over the Raptors, Doug Collins made a point of telling the media he intended to play Wright more often. His playing time tonight: more often. The forward’s 33 minutes were the most he’s played since Nov. 9 against Boston.
Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -3Spencer had a great third quarter but didn’t do much else.
Nick Young, SG 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +7Say what you want about Nick Young: he does not turn the basketball over. Swaggy is averaging 0.7 per game on the season and has committed just one in his last eight outings.

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw

  1. Kevin Durant, I think you could argue without getting looks, is playing the best basketball in the NBA right now. It was more of the same on Saturday. Durant scored 29 points after intermission (for 37 in toto on 22 shots) and added eight rebounds, five assists, four steals, and three blocks. He stuffed the box score till its seams stretched.
  2. A battle of the Bruins. Russell Westbrook, who had a brilliant first half before yielding the floor to Durant in the later going outplayed Jrue Holiday in a matchup of distinguished UCLA hoops alums; outscoring him by 24 points (30-6).
  3. Line items. The Sixers lost tonight despite making six more baskets than the visitor and one more 3-pointer. The culprit: the foul line. Owing to a series of calls that not just Sixers’ partisans viewed as ticky-tack, the Thunder attempted 37 free throws and made 32 of them. The Sixers shot and made 20 fewer FTs.
  4. A brief power outage. Sandwiched between an overtime period in which they scored 18 and a third when they racked up 35, the Thunder managed just 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a scoreless stretch that lasted it’s final four minutes. The Sixers held the visitor to just 5-of-21 shooting in the period, while OKC shot 34-of-67 the rest of the evening.
  5. Three was the magic number. OKC shot 2-of-16 from 3-points during regulation. In the overtime period? The suddenly white hot Thunder hit 4-of-5 from long range. It was the difference.
  6. This Sixers team is a star center away from being very, very good. I’m sick over Andrew Bynum right now. You should be too.

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