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Washington at Oklahoma City

Thunder work over Wizards for easy home win

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- If Kevin Durant has his heart set on a third straight NBA scoring title, you might ask why he took only 10 shots Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.

No worries. The Thunder's star player is always contributing.

Durant scored 20 points to lead an efficient offense in Oklahoma City's 103-80 rout of the Wizards, snapping a two-game losing streak to Washington.

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The Thunder's so-called "Big Three" - Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin - combined for 59 points on just 27 shots and the Thunder led by double digits for most of the second half.

Oklahoma City remains 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the top spot in the Western Conference after the Spurs held on to beat the Denver Nuggets 100-99.

"Shots are going to come around for me," Durant said. "Points are going to come around for me. It was balanced tonight.. Who cares? We won the basketball game. I'm happy for our guys coming out and responding after us losing to them."

Durant was the only Oklahoma City player to reach double figures in shots. Westbrook, who scored 21 points, did so on eight field goal attempts, while Martin, who had 18 points, took nine shots. Oklahoma City shot 46 percent from the field and went 37-of-41 from the free throw line, compared to 32.1 percent (21-of-29) for the Wizards.

Durant hit all 10 of his free throws and Westbrook was 10-of-11 at the line.

"When you don't have to take the ball out of the net, you get an opportunity to use your athleticism and get out in transition," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. "We were really good with that. We're fast. Our first three steps can get down to half-court pretty quick and then we put pressure on the defense. It's all about defending. It's all about rebounding and getting out on the break."

Washington had taken its previous two games against Oklahoma City, winning the only meeting during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season before a 101-99 victory in Washington on Jan. 7 - the second played without point guard John Wall.

Wall, coming off 47 points in a win over Memphis, overcame 3-of-18 shooting to finish with 18 points and 12 assists, but he had limited help. Numerous injuries and illness left the Wizards with only eight players in uniform.

Washington was missing Trevor Ariza (flu), Leandro Barbosa (torn left knee ligament), Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle), Nene (sore right knee), Martell Webster (abdominal strain) and A.J. Price (sort right groin).

"I was as proud of these guys tonight as I was our last game against Memphis," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "It's not about your wins and losses. It's about how you play. We went out tonight with eight guys and a lot of our key guys down and we battled.

"We didn't have a good shooting night and this is a good team. If you get them to the free-throw line 41 times on top of that, it's hard to beat them."

The Thunder trailed briefly during the opening four minutes and the Wizards hung close for a while. Wall, despite shooting 1-of-11 from the field, still almost had a double-double by halftime, hitting eight of 11 free throws for 10 points to go with nine assists.

An early 8-0 run put Oklahoma City up 10-5 and the Thunder never trailed again. The Thunder built their lead to 45-34 after two free throws by Westbrook with 4:57 left in the first half and was up 53-45 at halftime. Westbrook had 15 points at halftime.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha put Oklahoma City ahead 70-54 with 7:20 left in the third quarter and the Wizards never cut the margin to single digits the rest of the way.

"We just couldn't get anybody hot," Wittman said.

Oklahoma City has won nine of its last 10 home games and in the nine victories they've won by an average of 22 points.

"I like the way we're moving the ball," Durant said. "I like the way we're helping each other out on defense and talking. If we can keep that up no matter what, we'll be fine. Right now, I know we love to win basketball games, but it's about bettering our habits. There's 10 games left and we want to continue playing sound, solid defense, moving the ball on offense and going out there and wreaking havoc, getting steals and getting blocked shots and try to get some easy points."

Garrett Temple scored 13 points for the Wizards, while Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin each had 12 and Trevor Booker 10.

Kendrick Perkins had 11 rebounds for the Thunder and Emeka Okafor grabbed 10.

Notes

  • Among those in attendance was Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford.
  • The Thunder recorded their 51st straight regular-season sellout at Chesapeake Energy Arena, with 37 of those this season.
  • Backup guard Derek Fisher scored two points in 14 minutes of action for Oklahoma City, his first points in five games.
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Kevin Durant fuels the Oklahoma City Thunder with 20 points, six assists and six boards in the win. (AP)
Kevin Durant fuels the Oklahoma City Thunder with 20 points, six assists and six boards in the win. (AP)

Scoreboard
Washington (26-45)2322211480
Oklahoma City (53-19) «29243020103
WAS:J. Wall 18 Pts
WAS:E. Okafor 10 Reb
WAS:J. Wall 12 Ast
OKC:R. Westbrook 21 Pts
OKC:K. Perkins 11 Reb
OKC:K. Durant 6 Ast
Players of the Game
WashingtonOklahoma City

John Wall

Kevin Durant
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Washington
C. Singleton, SF413-121-25158
G. Temple, SG395-111-212413
J. Wall, PG353-1812-15412418
E. Okafor, C272-91-210125
T. Booker, PF275-80-080210
K. Seraphin, PF316-140-280412
C. Martin, PF253-94-411512
J. Vesely, SF160-32-26022
J. Collins, CDid Not Play
Nene, CDid Not Play
L. Barbosa, SGDid Not Play
T. Ariza, SGDid Not Play
M. Webster, SGDid Not Play
A. Price, PGDid Not Play
B. Beal, SGDid Not Play
Totals 27-8421-2943172880
 32.1%72.4% 
Oklahoma City
K. Durant, SF314-1010-1066120
S. Ibaka, PF292-83-47117
R. Westbrook, PG255-810-1144221
K. Perkins, C213-40-011136
T. Sefolosha, SF192-52-23028
K. Martin, SG236-93-411318
R. Jackson, PG233-41-21227
N. Collison, PF223-50-02316
H. Thabeet, C171-20-01042
D. Fisher, PG140-32-21112
J. Lamb, SG60-26-60106
R. Brewer, SG50-00-02010
P. Jones, SF50-30-02000
Totals 29-6337-41412021103
 46.0%90.2% 
Other Games
Bos 93 Final
Cle 92
Mil 92 Final
Phi 100
Atl 107 Final
Tor 88
Orl 108 Final
Char 114
Mem 101 Final
NY 108
LAC 105 Final
NO 91
Mia 97 Final
Chi 101
Ind 100 Final
Hou 91
LAL 120 Final
Min 117
Den 99 Final
SA 100
Pho 88 Final
Utah 103
Sac 105 Final
GS 98
Brook 111 Final
Port 93