Billed as a matchup between two of the early favourites for this season's NBA MVP award, the Thunder's visit to the Milwaukee Bucks turned out to be a 110-91 Oklahoma City rout.
The Thunder took a 9-8 lead on a Russell Westbrook free throw five minutes into the first quarter and never looked back on Tuesday.
A 16-0 run keyed a 31-23 first quarter for the Thunder, who claimed a 60-42 advantage by half-time and went on to win the game away from home.
With the game well in hand, reigning MVP Westbrook played just 26 minutes but came an assist shy of another triple-double. He finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine dimes.
Meanwhile, Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo shined per usual, with 28 points on nine of 14 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists. He lacked any kind of support, however, as none of his team-mates scored in double digits.
The Thunder were balanced on offence, Paul George leading the way with 20 points, followed by Carmelo Anthony and reserve Jerami Grant with 17 apiece.
BOOKER STARS AS SUNS SIZZLE
A day after his 21st birthday, Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to a 122-114 win over the Brooklyn Nets, sinking five of eight three-pointers en route to a 32-point night. Booker shot 11 of 22 overall and added seven rebounds and four assists.
It was Booker’s second successive 30-point game, as he dropped 34 in a losing effort to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
D'Angelo Russell, another young guard beginning to make his mark on the league, registered 33 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Nets.
LAKERS OUT-PACE PISTONS
A balanced night for the Los Angeles Lakers saw seven players finish in double-figures in a 113-93 win over the Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers 101-83 Sacramento Kings
Phoenix Suns 122-114 Brooklyn Nets
Oklahoma City Thunder 110-91 Milwaukee Bucks
Los Angeles Lakers 113-93 Detroit Pistons
ROCKETS AT KNICKS
The New York Knicks have a little something going post-Melo, winning three straight, a run some are partly attributing to head coach Jeff Hornacek's decision to insert point guard Jarrett Jack into the starting line-up. Jack is meshing with Kristaps Porzingis, dishing 12 assists to the rising Latvian star in the 28 minutes they have been on the court together in those three games. New York should expect Houston's best game on Wednesday, as the Rockets have lost back-to-back contests.