The Thunder offense looked a bit slower, a bit more stagnant and a bit less explosive on Friday in Charlotte.

Not a surprise. Russell Westbrook is gone. And for an extended time, he won’t be back. So Oklahoma City, naturally, is a worse team.

But that doesn’t mean the Westbrook-less Thunder are a bad team. Far from it.

As shown in OKC’s 89-85 victory over the Bobcats, you can win plenty of games in this league with a pair of D’s — Kevin Durant and a lot of defense.

“Give our guys credit,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said after the win. “It was an emotional day, with Russell, but I thought we did a good job of handling that.”

From the tip, it started on the defensive end. Even while Durant, and everyone not named Serge Ibaka, struggled to make shots in the first half, the Thunder clamped down on the Bobcats.