How significant was the OKC Thunder’s 112-95 win at Miami Wednesday night? Some would say it didn’t mean a thing, since the regular season isn’t even half-over and the playoffs are months away.
The Thunder HAD to master Miami because they had lost 6 straight game to the 2-time defending NBA champions, and they needed it for their psyche…to KNOW what it feels like to cool off the Heat BEFORE that final regular season matchup February 20th in OKC. And to KNOW what victory FEELS like when the post-season tips off and, perhaps, the two powers meet in the NBA Finals just like 2 years ago.
Kevin Durant was sensational, sure…but we KNEW that would happen as well. Durant’s scoring streak is approaching legendary status and barring injury, it shouldn’t end any time soon. But the contributions of 39-year old Derek Fisher with a season high 15 points, Jeremy Lamb off the bench for 18 big points and even Perry Jones with his meaningful minutes and his EFFORT on defense, helped the Thunder rumble through South Florida victorious, finally!
Maybe, just maybe, when the Thunder rolls into the playoffs come-April, we’ll look back at the night in the Sunshine State when OKC finally moved Miami off it’s pedestal, without Russell Westbrook no less, and launched toward a possible NBA championship. The quest for victory number 10-in-a-row begins at 7pm Friday night in Brooklyn against the Nets.