MIAMI, Florida — The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched a Western Conference playoff berth with a 115-93 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Led by Paul George who finished with 27 points, the Thunder outscored the Miami Heat 39-12 in the fourth. The Thunder will host Memphis on Wednesday.
“Half the league gets a chance to play in the postseason,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “You don’t want to take things for granted. They should feel good about creating an opportunity to play after the regular season’s over, but the thing I said to them after the game was we want to continue to play well, we want to continue to build, we want to continue to get better.”
Russell Westbrook recorded his 25th triple-double of the season – posting 23 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists for the Thunder who started 8-12. Jerami Grant scored 17 points and Carmelo Anthony added 11 for Oklahoma City, which made 14 3-pointers.
“Defensively we got after it. We communicated. We talked our way through it. We brought a little more physicality to the game in the fourth quarter. Guys got it going. We made shots. The momentum from the defensive end carried over offensively.” – forward Carmelo Anthony
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) 10 april 2018
Josh Richardson scored 18 points and Hassan Whiteside added 16 for the Heat, who fell one spot to No. 7 in the East. The Heat will host Toronto on Wednesday.
Justise Winslow and Tyler Johnson each scored 12 for Miami, and James Johnson added 11.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports
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