OKLAHOMA CITY —
“It got out of hand real quick. It was 30-14 in the first quarter … This is a bad loss for us, but we just have to learn how to take it and keep playing,” Charlotte’s Byron Mullens said. “Just their all around game took over tonight.”
Even with the Thunder starters out, Charlotte couldn’t buy a basket. Dunlap soon benched his regulars and put in his reserves to finish the game.
The highlight of the second half was Oklahoma City reserve center Hasheem Thabeet getting the first double-double of his four-year career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Thabeet was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Connecticutt.
Thabeet’s career is experiencing a renaissance since signing with the Thunder in the offseason.
“I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Thabeet said.
Charlotte trailed 64-24 at the half.
The first 24 minutes were punctuated by a ferocious Westbrook dunk that epitomized the game.
“They were sleeping,” Westbrook said. “I just saw everybody’s head turned. So I just tried to go and take off.”
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