In the third quarter, the Thunder appeared to have put a lot of hurt on the hometown Denver Nuggets: they led by 21 points despite never (well, hardly ever) making any foul shots.
Cut to 6:37 left in the fourth quarter. Suddenly the lead is down to one. But this is that point you’ve seen often before, where you can practically see the gears shifting. Result: a 13-2 burst. The one starter who played in the fourth quarter, Paul George, seemed to stabilize things for the younger guys. George finally got to rest with the Thunder up twelve, and the youngsters did a decent job of running out the clock. OKC 96, Denver 86, and that’s it for the preseason.
Interestingly, the Thunder Big Three’s numbers fell right together: George with 19, Russell Westbrook with 20, Carmelo Anthony with 15. Then came Josh Huestis, who made some ghastly near-rookie errors and performed some amazing acts of athleticism, sometimes within mere seconds. (He finished with 15 points and nine boards.) Game-high on the scoreboard, though, goes to Denver swingman Will Barton, who came off the bench for a lovely 26.
But enough of that. The Real Stuff is coming Real Soon Now.