Trans. Dec 9 10:30 ET (Dec 9 10:30 ET ) COMMENTARY | There was a big concern for the Oklahoma City Thunder coming into the 2013-2014 season: How would the Thunder replace the production of Kevin Martin? All eyes quickly turned to 21-year-old, second-year player Jeremy Lamb. Expectations for Lamb were extremely high, as Scott Brooks and the coaching staff in Oklahoma City was asking a guy who spent basically all of his season last year in Tulsa to be practically thrown into the fire and give the Thunder 20 minutes a game.
COMMENTARY | On Oct. 28, 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and two 2013 first-round picks. Bill Simmons of Grantland.com called the trade "one of the all-time catastrophic basketball decisions." Thunder fans around the world were questioning GM Sam Presti every way possible. How is Oklahoma City going to replace a guy like James Harden? Last year, Kevin Martin came in and produced when needed by averaging 14 points a game.
The shots weren't falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their most impressive win of the season. Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs' 11-game winning streak. Jackson scored eight straight points for the Thunder during a surge early in the fourth quarter that put Oklahoma City ahead by 11 points. The Spurs rallied within three points before Jackson and Durant combined to score the Thunder's final 13 points and put the game away.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Forward Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Utah Jazz 95-73 Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Forward Kevin Durant added 19 points on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Guard Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 15 points in the win. Center Eric Kanter and forward Rudy Gobert each scored 10 points to lead the Jazz off the bench.
A few grades from the two NBA games Thursday night, or what you missed while you were watching Ron Burgundy sing Loverboy tunes… Oklahoma City Thunder bench. The starters staked the team a lead but the Thunder bench carried that over and got the win over the Clippers Thursday night. Jeremy Lamb had 11 points…