Oklahoma City downs Fenerbahce in World Tour finale

Oct 10, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
Oklahoma City downs Fenerbahce in World Tour finale

In the final game of the Euroleague Basketball World Tour 2015, Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Fenerbahce Istanbul 111-81 at home on Friday night. Dion Waiters led the winners with 19 points. Russell Westbrook added 16 while Kevin Durant had 13 for Oklahoma City, which had 3 other players in double digits. Jan Vesely led Fenerbahce with 17 points. Bobby Dixon added 13 while Kostas Sloukas and Nikola Kalinic each had 10 for the guests. Kalinic shined early and Vesely soon gave Fenerbahce its only lead of the game, 18-19. Enes Kanter and Anthony Morrow fueled a 14-2 run that gave Oklahoma City a double-digit lead, 32-21, after 10 minutes. Dixon took over early in the second quarter to keep Fenerbahce within 39-33. The hosts improved their defense, however, while Waiters and Kanter allowed Oklahoma City to get a 58-41 margin at halftime. Sloukas and Kalinic tried to change things after the break but an outstanding Westbrook made the hosts stay way ahead. A 17-0 run allowed Oklahoma City to seal the outcome, 89-57, late in the third quarter, as Fenerbahce never recovered.

Andre Roberson got Oklahoma City going with a three-pointer but free throws by Kalinic kept Fenerbahce within 3-2. Durant nailed a jumper and soon added another basket to boost the hosts' lead to 9-4. Sloukas found Kalinic for a driving layup and soon struck from downtown to keep Fenerbahce as close as 11-9. Serge Ibaka struck from downtown, Ekpe Udoh answered with a jumper and a basket by Vesely made Oklahoma call timeout at 14-13. Westbrook and Steven Adams stepped up with consecutive dunks but Kalinic and Udoh kept Fenerbahce within 18-17. A jump hook by Vesely soon gave Fenerbahce its first lead, 18-19. Kanter and Westbrook rescued the hosts and Durant scored again for a 24-19 Oklahoma City lead. Luigi Datome found his first points but Morrow and Josh Huestis each hit one from beyond the arc to make it a double-digit game, 32-21, after 10 minutes.

Dixon stepped up early in the second quarter and immediately delivered with a jumper and a three-pointer, bringing Fenerbahce within 32-26. McGary answered from downtown but Dixon connected with Vesely for a slam and soon added his second triple to keep Fenerbahce as close as 37-31. Omer Yurtseven scored down low, as Fenerbahce kept Oklahoma City scoreless for more than 3 minutes. Cameron Payne hit a jumper to give the hosts fresh air at 39-33. Roberson added a reverse layup and Kanter dunked again to boost the hosts' lead to 44-33. Vesely tried to change things with consecutive baskets but he didn't find much help around. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City found a new go-to guy in Waiters, who scored 7 quick points to break the game open, 53-37. Ibaka hit a jumper and another three-pointer by Waiters fixed the halftime score at 58-41.

Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a jumper right after the break and Sloukas gave Fenerbahce hope at 59-45. Vesely hit another shot and a reverse layup by Kalinic brought Fenerbahce a bit closer, 59-49. Westbrook took over with 6 unanswered points, forcing head coach Zeljko Obradovic to call timeout at 65-49. Sloukas found Kalinic for a layup which Westbrook matched with free throws. Sloukas kept pacing Fenerbahce with a three-pointer but Adams and an unstoppable Westbrook boosted the hosts' lead to 72-55. Durant shined with a couple of dunks that made it a 21-point game, 78-57. Fenerbahce kept struggling to score and Waiters fired in one from beyond the arc for an 83-57 score. Kanter capped a 17-0 Oklahoma City run with free throws, allowing the hosts to seal the outcome, 87-58, at the end of the third quarter.

Melih Mahmutoglou sank a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and Dixon added a jumper to keep Fenerbahce within 91-63. Oklahoma City opted to sit out its main players but kept scoring fluently, as a running layup by McGary gave the hosts a 95-63 margin. Fenerbahce called timeout and Luigi Datome hit a jumper but the hosts had started to use longer possessions to run the game clock down. A layup by Waiters made it a 36-point game, 101-65. Dixon hit a three-pointer and Datome scored again but it was already too little, too late for Fenerbahce, as Oklahoma City had cruised to a well-deserved home win.

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