OKC’s starting group was simply outstanding in this game against Washington using their impressive performance to lead the Thunder to a victory. Oklahoma City came out on top 114-98 against the visiting Wizards and showed some encouraging signs along the way.
Whenever the Thunder matchup against the Wizards a key story line is always Kevin Durant’s free agency connection to his hometown even if the game wasn’t played in Washington. While this remains a possibility, and definitely likelier than the rumoured Lakers scenario, the Wizards have not used this season as the greatest sales pitch. This games moves the team to a 21-25 record which has them sitting comfortably outside of a playoff spot.
Another key story line whenever these two clubs meetup is the point guard matchup. Russell Westbrook and John Wall at their positions are two of the best in the game and going head to head creates an exciting matchup. Leading the way for OKC, Westbrook prevailed in this game.
OKC’s star guard compiled his seventh triple double of the season going off for 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Former MVP Kevin Durant had no slouch of a game either as he went off for 28 points on just 18 shot attempts. The starting lineup as a whole played well for the Thunder with the whole group being above a +13 in the game.
Enes Kanter also played well off the bench scoring 14 points on 4-7 shooting. Rejoining the bench unit was Cameron Payne who had missed the previous contest due to a concussion, and he retook his bench role which DJ Augustin handled in his absence and scored 8 points.
This win improves the Thunder’s record to 37-13 on the season as a whole and 23-5 at home. Next up they face the Orlando Magic in OKC Wednesday night.
- DJ Augustin did not see any court time with the return of Cameron Payne
- Dion Waiters continues to start for the injured Andre Roberson
- Serge Ibaka had a good game scoring 19 points on 8-12 shooting