The New Orleans Pelicans fly to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder to complete a home-and-home series between the two teams on Friday, February 6th at Chesapeake Energy Arena. On Wednesday, the Thunder defeated the Pelicans 102-91 behind Russell Westbrook’s career-best 45-point effort.
The Thunder (25-24) lost four of the previous six and was playing without Kevin Durant, who was out again with a toe injury. Taking a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Westbrook stamped his mark on the game and led his team to a victory in a game he called, “a must-win”. Westbrook added six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block.
The Pelicans (26-23) had won six of their previous seven before falling to the Thunder. All-Star forward Anthony Davis finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, but was shut down in the fourth quarter by Serge Ibaka, who finished the game with seven blocks.
The Thunder are trying to overcome a less than ideal start to the season, where Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missed significant time due to injury. Durant’s toe problem is growing worrisome, as a seemingly insignificant injury has sidelined the league’s reigning MVP for longer than expected. The Thunder are trying to fight against the injury bug as games keep coming off the calendar.
Thunder fans can enjoy their team’s climb towards a playoff position against one of the league’s rising superstars, Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday, February 6th with an average ticket price of $144.54 and a walk-in price of $29 according to TiqIQ.com. Hipmunk.com can assist you in finding hotels in Oklahoma City from $57 and also has a variety of travel arrangements, including flights to Oklahoma City.
Russell Westbrook may need another career-best performance with Durant on the sidelines. Anthony Davis will look to turn the tables on his matchup with Ibaka, who got the better of the two players on Wednesday night. Oklahoma City have won two in a row and are currently behind the Portland Trail Blazers by eight games in the Northwest Division.