The dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 66 points as the Thunder beat the Wizards 105-103 in overtime. Kevin Durant scored 34 points in his homecoming game giving the home crowd a glimpse of what they are hoping to see in 2016 here in Washington.
This game was a wild one right from the beginning. The Wizards fed Nene early in the first quarter as he had the hot hand starting 3-3 from the field. Once again, Nene picked up his second foul just six minutes into the first quarter and was forced to the bench.
John Wall hit a 3 as time expired and the Wizards led 31-26 after the first.
The second quarter was painful to watch on both sides. The two teams collectively started 0-11 from the field to start the quarter. The Wizards scored their first field goal of the quarter on a jumper by Kris Humphries at the 8:45 mark.
Although his shots weren’t falling at first, Kevin Durant does what good scorers do, he got to the line. KD was still aggressive attacking the hoop and shot 10-11 from the charity stripe for the game.
About midway through the second quarter, shots started falling for the Wizards. John Wall found Bradley Beal in transition to knock down a 3 and the Wizards recaptured the lead and were up by 12 at half.
Once again, the Wizards start the third quarter ice cold and didn’t score their first bucket until the 8:20 mark on a jump shot from Beal. This was the first time in a while that the Wizards looked unsure of themselves and even nervous at times. No one could hit a shot in the third quarter and players were looking at each other to see who would step up and make some shots.
On the other hand, Russell Westbrook dominated the 3rd quarter scoring 16 of his 32 points in the quarter. He scored on a combination of drives and pull up jump shots. Dude literally has no conscious when driving to the hole; reckless is an understatement.
The Thunder were able to regain the lead at the 9:09 mark on a reverse layup from Dion Waiters (remember him?) The lead began to seesaw back and forth after that. The Thunder were able to stretch the lead to seven on a 3 from Anthony Morrow and it kind of felt like the Wiz might pack it in. Instead, John decided to get aggressive and looked to drive to the hole in transition. At the 2:35 mark, Paul Pierce who was 0-6 from 3, bangs home his first 3 of the game to put the Wizards up two. This is the leadership and big game shots we were looking for. Paul then backed that up with another 3 at the 34 second mark. Unfortunately, the Wizards couldn’t win this one in regulation so we’d be going to overtime.
The Wiz went right back to Nene to start OT. The big man had the Wizards first six points to start the overtime period. On an isolation play, Kevin Durant crossed over to get into the lane and threw down a vicious dunk on Marcin Gortat….
It hurt from behind this computer screen. With the Wiz up one, the Thunder went right back to the MVP and scoring champ. KD hit a 3 over Pierce who was tightly guarding him, making it look easy.
With the game tied at 103, The Thunder had the ball and one last chance with 3.4 seconds left to score. Russell Westbrook caught the inbounds pass and drove to the hole for an easy, uncontested layup. John Wall would then miss a desperation 3. Game over, Thunder win 105-103.
It was a tough game to lose but the Thunder were more desperate. Time to put those KD Wizards jerseys back in the closet until next year.