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What a difference a healthy starting lineup can make for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder came out at home last night and put an absolute drubbing on the Golden State Warriors from the start. While the final score shows Oklahoma City winning by just five points at 114-109, the final score was not at all indicative of how much of a blowout this game was for the home team.


 We can all stop paying attention to the calendar as well. The Thunder finally won a game on Sunday, ending their 0-4 start to the season. In front of a sellout crowd last night, the Thunder also came out blazing to set two franchise records. The team got off to an 18-2 start, which was the best in club history, and they also converted their first 29 free throws attempted. It was a banner night for OKC all around.

It was also very nice to see Kevin Durant return to the starting lineup, as his sprained knee that has been causing him problems on and off this season did not seem to bother him all that much last night. Durant scored a team high 28 points on 8-16 shooting from the floor and 11 of 12 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in a complete effort.

Russell Westbrook also had another complete game for the Thunder, as he dropped 19 points (although he shot just 4 of 16 from the field), 13 assists and 7 rebounds. He was also excellent from the charity stripe, knocking down 11 of 13 foul shots.

Jeff Green finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Serge Ibaka hit 8 of 10 shots from the floor on his way to 19 points off the bench.

The Thunder led by as much as 23 points in this game, but actually went cold from the foul line toward the end of the final quarter to make the game a little closer.  Their defense became a little lackluster down the stretch, but they still held on for the victory. 

Unfortunately, the team has little time to celebrate this victory, as they will head out to face the Chicago Bulls tonight. It is unknown at this time whether Durant's balky knee will be able to hold up for him to play on back to back nights. Tonight's tip is set for 8 PM, and you can check in on Twitter @RobKelley24 for the latest on Durant's playing status for tonight's game. 

 

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