Originally posted on Thunder The Influence  |  Last updated 3/27/13
  Oklahoma City Thunder Split Washington Wizards 103 Points 80 29-63 (46.0%) FGM-FGA 27-84 (32.1%) 8-14 (57.1%) 3PM-3PA 5-20 (25.0%) 37-41 (90.2%) FTM-FTA 21-29 (72.4%) 41 (7) Rebounds (Off) 43 (16) 20 Assists 17 14 Turnovers 15 9 Steals 8 8 Blocks 2 Climbing toward the top spot in the West was plenty of motivation for this Thunder team tonight. However, they were playing for pride as well. Scott Brooks' team avoided the season sweep by the Washington Wizards with a 103-80 beatdown of the visiting Wizards. Russell Westbrook's 21 points and Kevin Durant's 20 led the way for an Oklahoma City blowout. On the other end was John Wall who was completey shut down by the Thunder defense, holding the former Kentucky star to 3-18 shooting on the night and forcing Wall to earn 12 of his 18 points from the free throw line. It was simply not Washington's night, as no rhythm was to be found. The Thunder did an excellent job of blowing the door open on this one in the third quarter, giving plenty of rest to OKC's main rotation as they prepare for a two-game road trip this weekend. The night did not start off great. Russell Westbrook was unavailable for most of the first quarter due to two early fouls. However, no one was complaining when Kevin Martin made things happen on the offensive side of the ball. And much like the days of James Harden, Russell Westbrook brought a lot of energy off the bench in the second quarter. The Wizards played with just eight men due to numerous injuries on the roster, and it was no surprise to see Brooks' squad take advantage of this in the second. Unlike Sunday, Oklahoma City managed to keep their early lead heading in to the locker room and never let go of it the rest of the game. John Wall and Co. could not orchestrate the comeback, but a sloppy, turnover-filled third quarter gave the Wizards some hope. However, OKC stayed productive on offense regardless of their turnover issues while the Wizards could not string together any big runs. With around five minutes to go in the game, the starters were finally benched after the Thunder extended the lead to 21, and a highlight-hungry Jeremy Lamb helped close out the game with the rest of OKC's reserves. The win gave Oklahoma City their 53rd of the season and 32nd home win. Oklahoma City still needs help from San Antonio to get that top seed, though, the Spurs held off a Denver Nuggets team tonight that could not connect on a last second shot to win the ball game. Both teams remain separated by one-and-a-half game, and not much basketball is left to play until the postseason arrives. However, for what it is worth, while the Thunder extended their win streak to three games, Miami's ridiculous 27 game win streak came to an end in Chicago. OKC now looks ahead to a Friday night road game in Minnesota. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and can be seen locally on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
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