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Charlotte
Oklahoma City

[OKLAHOMA CITY] — The Oklahoma City Thunder played host to the Charlotte Hornets last night but couldn't manage to leave much of an impact, failing to keep up with their visiting rivals and eventually succumbing in a 101-113 defeat. The loss bumps Oklahoma City's record down to 43-33 on the season, while the victory gives Charlotte a 36-41 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Thunder would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

Team results aside, a monster night from Russell Westbrook is all that fans will be talking about as they process the contest. Westbrook pumped out a stat line of 40 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 0 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes on the night, quantifiable proof of his place among the top tier of NBA players. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Westbrook himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Oklahoma City will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Unable to match Westbrook's numbers, Kemba Walker can rest assured that he bested his rival where it actually counts. Walker's 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists led the Hornets in the winning effort.

From a personal standpoint, Russell Westbrook made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 7 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Thunder can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Oklahoma City wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Hornets, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Washington Wizards.

Thunder Stats

Roster P R A B S M
R. Westbrook4013100336
V. Oladipo19360133
A. Roberson12611137
J. Grant8311023
S. Adams2701226
T. Gibson4412113
E. Kanter9100017
D. Sabonis5100013
S. Christon2000216
D. McDermott0200012
A. Abrines0200013

Hornets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
K. Walker29340434
N. Batum9780331
M. Kidd-Gilchrist16610236
F. Kaminsky18201226
C. Zeller11421128
M. Williams4613131
J. Lamb13300111
M. Belinelli7420117
B. Roberts6120114
M. Plumlee0100212
DetailsOklahoma CityCharlotte
Game No.7677
Score101113
Average107.0105.0
Record43-3336-41
 
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Westbrook

75.5 FP
2.1 FPPM
Kemba
Walker

45.0 FP
1.32 FPPM
Nicolas
Batum

41.5 FP
1.34 FPPM

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