All five Wizards starters scored at least 12 points led by Bradley Beal with 22 and Markieff Morris with 21 as the Wizards roll through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 120-98. John Wall was terrific with 15 points and 14 assists while Otto Porter came alive in the second half ending the night with 16 points as the Wizards cruise to an easy victory.
The Wizards were on fire and in control from end to end in this one. Washington hit their first nine shots of the game en route to an early 22-6 first quarter lead and never looked back. The team shot a collective 70 percent from the field while Beal scored 13 in the period as the Wizards held a 38-32 lead.
The Thunder, specifically Russell Westbrook, fought back behind 17 points from the All-Star as Oklahoma City was able to cut the lead to 3, 47-44 midway through the second quarter. The teams traded threes for a stretch in the second quarter as it looked like the Wizards would finally pull away but the Thunder had an answer. John Wall would close the quarter with a couple of easy buckets as the Wizards led by 13 at halftime.
And then the floodgates opened. Washington outscored the Thunder 32-5 on an extended run which included 24 straight misses from the field for Oklahoma City.
Porter, Beal, and Morris were on fire during this stretch both in the mid-range and from three. Wall got out in transition and added some razzle dazzle to the night.
The Wizards outscored the Thunder 34-19 in the period and held a very comfortable, 101-73 lead after three.
After a minor hiccup from the bench, Brooks opted to reinsert Wall and Beal after the Wizards were up by 34 at one point. Wall and Beal only needed to play a couple of minutes in the fourth as the bench rode this one out to an easy 120-98 victory.
Hot start paves the way
The Wizards started 9-9 from the field as they were up 22-6 in the blink of an eye. Morris, Beal, and Gortat were doing the scoring early while Wall was dishing the ball out as he had six assists in the first period. The hot start set the tone for the rest of the game. And as we’ve come to see during this stretch, the Wizards are a much better team after a hot start rather than having to dig themselves out of a hole.
Wizards were scorching hot from three
The Wizards shot a scorching hot 13-21 from distance tonight. Beal shot an impressive 6-7 from deep, Porter was 2-5, and Morris was a perfect 3-3 from range as the Wizards scorched the nets. On the flip side, Oklahoma City, not a great three-point shooting team was just 7-34 from distance including Westbrook who missed all four of his attempts.
Too many turnovers
It’s easy to overlook since the Wizards blew the Thunder out but the Wizards committed an inexcusable 22 turnovers tonight. Fortunately, the Thunder didn’t make the Wizards pay for it as they scored just 14 points off those 22 turnovers. It didn’t matter tonight but on most nights, that simply won’t cut it.