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.
“No, I'm going to say myself,” Wall said after shooting just 3 for 18 from the field in the Wizards' 103-80 loss to OKC before a sellout crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Wall wouldn't even say for certain that Westbrook was the league's second-fastest player.
“It's tough man,” said Wall, who was coming off a career-high 47 points Monday against Memphis and finished with 18 points and 12 assists against the Thunder. “There's a couple fast guys in this league. He (Westbrook) is up there, Derrick (Rose) is up there, when he's healthy. Mike Conley's pretty quick. There's a couple guys. Ty Lawson's quick. So there's a lot of guys, but I put myself first.”
Wall was still complimentary of Westbrook, admitting he is at a place in his career where Wall hopes to some day find himself.
“We're both young, athletic, fast point guards and that's very rare that you see that in this league,” Wall said. “I'm trying to take the same steps as he's taken, being an All-Star, making the playoffs and that type of thing, so that's what I'm trying to do. Give a lot of credit to how he's working and how he's helping this team.”
Thunder veteran forward Nick Collison got a technical in the fourth quarter. It was his second of the season and just the eighth in his nine-year career.
Westbrook also got slapped with a technical, his 12th of the season and 37th of his five-year career.
OKC now has 88 technical fouls on the season, which ties the Los Angeles Clippers for most in the league.
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.
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).
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.
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.”