Anger was permeating the Thunder's locker room after they lost their third game in a row Wednesday and fifth in their last sixth, but humor was flooding it after their 111-107 win over the Timberwolves Friday.
Oklahoma City finally got Paul George involved, and with a perfect night from Steven Adams, the Thunder were able to bounce back with just their second win in their last seven games.
Adams had a career night with 27 points on 11 of 11 shooting from the field and 5 of 5 shooting from the free-throw line. His effort drove the Thunder to a victory, but making the feat even more impressive, the New Zealand native had to wear a brace on his hand throughout the night because he jammed his thumb in OKC's last game. Adams didn't let the bad thumb get him down, and his coach joked it may have had a positive effect.
"Maybe we should jam both of his thumbs," head coach Billy Donovan joked after the game.
As good as Adams was on the scoring front, Paul George was even better. The new Thunder forward had a game-high 36 points on 10 of 21 shooting with nine assists and four rebounds. After making a mere two field goals in the second half of Wednesday's loss to Orlando, George was determined to have a better performance Friday.
Adams provided some motivation as well, and the Kiwi's moves had teammates cracking jokes after the game.
“I think he stole one of Russ’ Eurosteps," George said after the game. "I was hoping he would do the celebration after.”
Studs of the Night
#ThunderUp for Steven Adams on @NBATV! pic.twitter.com/AttUaPutj6— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2017
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is quietly becoming Utah's best scoring threat, and with a 41-point night on 13 of 25 shooting, Mitchell led his team to a 114-108 win over the Hornets.
It will probably never be said that the Pacers got the better end of the Paul George trade for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, but Oladipo is certainly shining in Indiana. On Friday, he scored 36 points on 14 of 22 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists in the Pacers' 120-115 loss to the Raptors. Oladipo is averaging 22.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this year.Dud of the Night
Spurs guard Danny Green took what Adams did and decided to do the opposite. He went 0 for 4 from 3-point range and 0 for 7 overall in a 95-79 win over the Grizzlies.Highlight
The Warriors dominated the Magic 133-112 Friday, and they did so with 46 assists, one shy of the franchise record. Here's one of those assists, as Steph Curry found Kevin Durant, who gave up the alley-oop to Jordan Bell.
The rook Jordan Bell gets up for the SLAM! pic.twitter.com/0snPMO7uDR— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2017
Pelicans (11-11) at Trail Blazers (13-9) at 10 p.m. ET — It's one of the best backcourts in the league with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for Portland against one of the best frontcourts with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis for New Orleans. The Pelicans did lose Davis to a groin injury late in their matchup with the Jazz Friday, but if he is healthy Saturday, the game presents an interesting contrast of skill sets.