Thunder Debut New Players, Win at Charlotte Without KD
The Oklahoma City Thunder debuted their newly acquired players and without Kevin Durant in the lineup, beat Charlotte 110-103 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday night.
Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points and added 10 assists and 7 rebounds for OKC.
Durant did not play as he continues to deal with soreness in his surgically repaired right foot.
He’s being monitored on a daily basis and his status going forward will be evaluated.
Kyle Singler started in his place and had 6 points, making a pair of three-pointers in the second half.
Enes Kanter also started and had 10 points and 13 rebounds at center.
Singler and Kanter were making their Thunder debuts, along with guard D.J. Augustin, who had 12 points and hit a pair of three-pointers.
Steve Novak, the other newly acquired Thunder player, did not play.
Serge Ibaka had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Dion Waiters was also in double figures with 10 points.
The Thunder dominated the glass against the Hornets, outrebounding Charlotte 59-41.
The game was close most of the way, but the Thunder held Charlotte at bay down the stretch to win.
OKC has won five straight games and seven of their last eight, improving to 30-25 on the season.
The Thunder return home to host Denver at 6:00 on Sunday night, February 22 at Chesapeake Arena.