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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: John Wall insists he's faster than Russell Westbrook

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall didn't hesitate when he was asked if the Thunder's Russell Westbrook is the NBA's fastest player.
BY JOHN ROHDE AND ANTHONY SLATER Published: March 27, 2013

UNDER 90

Wednesday marked the fourth straight game the Thunder has held its opponent to less than 90 points.

It's only the second time in Thunder history that has happened, the first coming March 13-18 during a six-game winning streak in 2011.

The Thunder (53-19) is now 17-1 this season when its opponent shoots less than 40 percent. The Wizards (26-45) shot 32.1 percent.

WEAK WIZARDS

The Washington roster once again was severely depleted. Missing on Wednesday were center Nene' (knee/wrist/shoulder), Bradley Beal (ankle), Martell Webster (abdominal), A.J. Price (groin), Trevor Ariza (flu) and Jason Collins (flu).

TIP-INS

Thunder coach Scott Brooks kept reporters waiting a few extra minutes for his postgame news conference so he could watch the conclusion of the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game in his office. … OKC center Kendrick Perkins had 11 rebounds, his fourth double-digit showing of the month. … Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford was in attendance and sat behind the Wizards bench. … Serge Ibaka had four blocks against Washington and pulled within two blocks of tying Milwaukee's Larry Sanders for the NBA lead at 3.00 per game. Ibaka, who led the league in blocked shots, is averaging 2.971 per. OKC had only four turnovers at halftime, but finished with 16. … The Wizards outscored the Thunder 21-2 in second-chance points thanks to 16 offensive rebounds (12 in the first half). …OKC won handily despite taking a season-low 63 shots from the field. … The Thunder's game at Indiana on April 5 will no longer be televised by ESPN and will be replaced by the Miami at Charlotte game at 7 p.m.

QUOTABLE

Washington coach Randy Wittman on the Thunder: “They're a good team. I wish them nothing but luck. I think they have a great chance of repeating (as Western Conference champs) and going back to the Finals.”


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