Russell Westbrook notches his seventh triple-double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Thunder make easy work of the Wizards 114-98. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 28 points in what the Wizards hope will be the last time playing against Durant in a Thunder uniform.
Both teams started this game hot as the Wizards were 6-6 from the field and the Thunder started 5-7. The difference? Turnovers. The Wizards committed four turnovers in the first few minutes of play allowing the Thunder to jump out to an early 20-12 lead.
Bradley Beal, who scored a team-high 18 points got cooking early in the second quarter knocking down shots on back-to-back possessions. Next time down, Ramon Sessions raced the length of the court forcing Billy Donovan to call time out as the Wizards cut the lead to nine. But every time the Wizards made a run, the Thunder had an answer to keep them at bay.
The Wizards couldn’t get any stops on the defensive end as the Thunder dropped 64 on the Wiz in the first half and led, 64-52 at halftime.
Once again, the Wizards went on a mini run and were able cut the Thunder lead to six. But in the blink of an eye, Durant was scoring on the other end keeping the lead at a comfortable margin.
Russell Westbrook would sidestep John Wall for a layup as the Thunder led 92-76 after three.
The Thunder had an answer for every Wizards run and would close this one out, 114-98.
Rebounding: The rebounding for the Wizards was atrocious. Oklahoma City out-rebounded the Wizards 53-27 including 14-2 on the offensive glass. The Wizards didn’t get their first offensive rebound until early in the third quarter. Russell Westbrook, a point guard, had more than twice as many rebounds (13) than the Wizards high rebounder Gortat (6). The Wizards were simply overmatched and couldn’t do anything about Oklahoma City’s bigger and more physical frontline.
Wizards Struggle from Three Point Range: The Wizards only made one three-pointer in the first half. The other six three-pointers came in quasi-garbage time as this team would make a mini run giving the fan base false hope. The pace and space really isn’t super effective unless three balls are falling. The Wizards ended the night 7-26 from range.
Things don’t get any easier as Golden State comes to town Wednesday night.