The Oklahoma City Thunder has put some good results together of late aided by a succession of double doubles from Steven Adams. His latest offering was 10 points and 10 rebounds as OKC defeated the Miami Heat 93-75 (Monday NZ time) to improve their record to 40-30 in the NBA Western Conference. Adams has recorded four double doubles in the last five games.
In Spain Sevilla and La Bruixa d’Or Manresa both recorded valuable victories at the weekend.
Sevilla were at home to 13th placed Estudiantes (10-14) and got the win 74-65. Kirk Penney came off the bench to land 7 points (2/5FG and 2/2FT).
Estudiantes had American Diamon Simpson (11pts/9rebs) in their lineup, the power forward played for the Adelaide 36ers in the 2011-12 ANBL season.
Manresa secured a very good win, flying to the Canary Isles to defeat 9th placed Gran Canario (12-12),81-75. Manresa surged home on the back of a dominant 26-12 final period. Isaac Fotu led the scoring for the visitors, recording 12 points (6/12FG) and adding 6 rebounds.
Australian Boomer Brad Newley had a quiet night for the hosts managing just 2 points.
Manresa and Sevilla both have 7-18 records and have slightly improved their standings on the Spanish League ladder to 16th and 17th respectively on the 18 team ladder.
In Greece it was no surprise that top of the table Olympiacos defeated 12th ranked KAO Dramas (7-14) 72-62. Olympiacos registered their 20th win of the season. 10 points ahead at the beginning of the fourth quarter; they comfortably protected their advantage to improve their record to 20-1. Rob Loe came off the bench for 4 points and 3 rebounds for Dramas – all his points coming from the free throw line.
Corey Webster has arrived in Belgrade although it is not clear when he is likely to debut for Mega Leks in the Adriatic League.
Tall Fern Errin Rooney contributed 8 points, 6 rebounds and an assist but Arras were pounded, on the road, 103-67 by Flammes Carolo in the French League. The fourth successive loss by Arras sees them slip to 6th on the ladder – they were third at the start of the month.