Entering the tonight’s game, the Thunder sat at 3-4 and were looking to get their record back to .500 against a Wizards team who sat at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and looking completely out of sorts.
The Thunder did exactly that, as they destroyed the Wizards with a final score of 134-111. Oklahoma City was led by another great performance from Russell Westbrook who put up a stat line of 23 points and 12 rebounds. However, it was a total team effort that led to this win for the Thunder. OKC used a huge run in the 2nd quarter to take a modest 5 point lead after a quarter and push it to 29 at the half, scoring 79 points overall, and all but ending the challenge.
- The supporting cast: Oklahoma City got great performances from both their bench and the non-superstars in the starting five. Jerami Grant was the second leading scorer in the game, with his 22 points on 9-11 shooting. Meanwhile, the bench unit pitched in 48 points. Oklahoma City was able to score 134 despite Paul George not scoring a field goal until the second quarter.
- Efficient shooting from three: Coming into the game, Oklahoma City highest total of threes made in a game was ten. Tonight, the team made 15 threes on 47% percent shooting. The Thunder were great knocking down threes in transition and on drive and kick opportunities. They were shooting so well, everyone expected Alex Abrines heave at the end of the second quarter to go in.
- Forced turnovers: The Thunder’s defense was great tonight, especially in the first half when they built up a 29 point lead going into halftime. Oklahoma City was already the league’s best defense in terms of forced turnovers and steals, and tonight’s game was no different. The Thunder forced Washington into 18 turnovers, 13 of them being steals for the Thunder which led to 26 points off turnovers.
What we thought was going to be a high scoring competitive game after the first quarter, quickly became a blowout in favor of the Thunder. The team looked like they were having have fun while scoring the most points they have all season.