OKLAHOMA CITY – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Oklahoma Thunder’s 125-92 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena:
Best performance: This is a tough one, because Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double in just 20 minutes. But I had to give this award to his Thunder teammate Kevin Durant. The swingman did whatever he wanted against the overmatched Sixers. Durant had 42 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in just three quarters of action.
Worst performance: This has to go to Thaddeus Young. The Sixers power forward finally had a hiccup after the trade deadline. He averaged 24.6 points in the five games prior to Tuesday. But Young was held to six against the Thunder. He missed 10 of his 13 shots and had three turnovers in 22 minutes, 53 seconds of action. The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder was never able to get into a groove against the equally athletic and taller OKC front court.
Best defensive performance: This award goes to Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka. He had three blocked shots and altered several others. Ibaka also finished with 14 points and four rebounds – three on the defensive end.