Darius Bazley makes OKC history, matches Russell Westbrook and James Harden
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Darius Bazley has been making waves of late. So much so, that the 6-foot-8 power forward has forced his way into the team’s history books. He joins no less than Russell Westbrook and James Harden with his recent scoring feat.
Following Monday night’s scoring outburst against the Phoenix Suns, Bazley now matches this particular scoring record previously held by just Westbrook and Harden:
Per the Thunder, Darius Bazley has joined James Harden and Russell Westbrook as Thunder rookies to score 20 or more points in back-to-back games.
— Erik Horne (@ErikkHorne) August 10, 2020
Bazley finished Monday’s 128-101 loss against the Suns with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, along with 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block, and just one turnover in 35 minutes of play. It’s a shame that it came in a blowout defeat. This outstanding showing follows Bazley’s 23-point, seven-rebound performance on Sunday in a victory against the Washington Wizards.
The Thunder selected Bazley 23rd overall in last year’s draft. He’s averaged 5.0 points and 3.8 rebounds so far this season, so his back-to-back solid outings on Sunday and Monday were a bit unexpected. Nevertheless, it comes at a great time for OKC, who continue to fight for positioning in the West.
Monday’s defeat means that the Thunder are now a game and a half behind the fourth-seeded Houston Rockets. They will also want to fend off the sixth-placed Utah Jazz, who are currently just half a game behind Oklahoma at fifth-place.
The Thunder have two more seeding games remaining, starting with a matchup against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. They close out their regular season on Friday in a contest against the Los Angeles Clippers.