Oklahoma City couldn't get into a groove coming off a 100-81 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves (its worst loss since Feburary 2011 against the Orlando Magic). The Thunder didn't take their first lead of the game until the second quarter and trailed throughout, including at halftime 45-44.
OKC shot just 42.7 percent from the field and couldn't throw the ball into the ocean from beyond the arc. The Thunder finished 2-of-18 from downtown (11.1 percent). Both threes were canned by Kevin Durant.
Despite the poor shooting performance, OKC came up with enough offense late to pull out a much-needed win.
The Thunder were the beneficiaries of some shoddy officiating and the Suns' own miscues. Phoenix committed 23 turnovers, many of which were unforced errors, to utilize a tennis term.
Goran Dragic left the game in the third quarter after spraining his left ankle on a fast-break drive to the basket. Phoenix simply didn't have enough depth to maintain the lead after that.
Westbrook looked like his usual explosive self in his return, but there was clearly a rust factor working against him. He attacked the basket with fervor but committed three turnovers in the first half.
The star point guard did have a solid debut, however, finishing with 21 points (on 5-of-16 shooting), seven assists and four rebounds.
Kevin Durant, as only he can, finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds after a quiet start.
The following game grades will be determined based on offensive and defensive performance against the Suns.