The Wizards looked like they had this game in the bag, up by seven with just four minutes to play; but Russell Westbrook and the Thunder would strike back blitzing the Wizards 21-10 in the overtime period en route to a 126-115 victory. Westbrook notched his fourth triple-double in a row with 35 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. John Wall had an impressive 15 points and 15 assists while Bradley Beal scored 31 points, the fourth time he’s eclipsed the 30-point mark in the past six games.
Victor Oladipo hit his first six shots for the Thunder as they took an early, 13-point lead. For the first time in a long time, the Wizards bench provided a spark as Thornton would knock down his first two shots and aggressive defense from Kelly Oubre Jr. kept this game from getting out of hand early as the Wizards found themselves down by just 7, 60-53 at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Wall crossed over, drove through the lane and banged home a furious dunk over Enes Kanter, which looked to spark the Wizards.
Kelly Oubre would hit two three-pointers in the third period as the Wizards clawed back in this one to tie the game at 84 after three quarters.
As mentioned, the Wizards were able to stretch the lead to seven, 97-90 with just four minutes to play in this one but Russell Westbrook and company would counter, tying the game and sending it into overtime.
In the overtime period, Westbrook took over as the Thunder outscored the Wizards 21-10 for a final score that doesn’t tell the whole story.
This was a winnable game for the Wizards, but as we’ve seen before, they just came up short.
Kelly Oubre provides big spark off of the bench
In what might be Kelly Oubre’s best two-game stretch as a Wizard, the second-year player scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds as he received extended minutes (28) tonight. Oubre had several key three-point shots including one late in the third quarter to tie the ballgame. It’s no secret that the bench has struggled mightily this season. If Oubre can continue to develop and turn in numbers like these tonight, that would significantly boost the bench production for now.
Morris’ immaturity comes into play again
I’m not saying that this one blowup caused the Wizards to lose the game, but it sure didn’t help. Midway though the third quarter, John Wall went up for a layup and looked to be fouled but the refs swallowed the whistle. Morris, who was on the bench, had a few choice words for the officials resulting in a technical foul, which Westbrook made. Now I’m not saying that this one play was the sole reason the Wizards lost, however, this Wizards team doesn’t need to be giving away free points to any opponent. As a result, the game was tied down the stretch rather than the Wizards maintaining a one-point lead.
The Wizards have no answer for Russell Westbrook
But does anyone really have an answer for this guy? As mentioned, Westbrook notched is fourth straight triple-double and is now averaging a triple-double on the season. John Wall played pretty good defense on Westbrook but it wasn’t enough to get the job done tonight. Westbrook is a one of a kind player and we saw first-hand as to why he’s going to be in the MVP conversation all season.