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Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant lead OKC to rout of Wizards

Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 103-80 on Wednesday night.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 27, 2013

Russell Westbrook sauntered to the bench, saddled by two fouls in the first two minutes, 20 seconds Wednesday night against Washington.

His position battle with Wizards point guard John Wall had quickly shifted heavily in Washington's favor.

The depleted Wizards couldn't have scripted a better start.

Short six bodies, they were dependant on their floor general, and with Wall coming off a career-best 47-point night, odds were he was about to go off.

The Thunder — and eventually Westbrook — had other ideas.

Led by a game-high 21 points from Westbrook, the Thunder overpowered Wall and the shorthanded Wizards, 103-80, inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, snapping a surprising two-game losing streak to Washington.

In the end, it was the point guard duel that decided this contest.

Westbrook managed to shake off his early foul trouble and spend the final 23 minutes of his playing time applying pressure on the Wizards with non-stop attacks that led to layups and trips to the free throw line. He made five of eight shots and 10 of 11 at the foul line. He added four rebounds and four assists.

After returning for the start of the second quarter, he scored 13 of his points in the period, playing all but the quarter's final 20 seconds.

“A lot of times when you have two quick fouls you don't want to get the third foul because you know you're going to come out in that second quarter,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “But he was still aggressive. He played his game and he gave us a spark in that second quarter.”

Various injuries and illnesses left Washington without 40 percent of its roster, including key cogs such as promising rookie Bradley Beal, big man Nene and wings Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. Their absences left Wall staring at a suddenly stingy Thunder defense that hadn't allowed more than 89 points in the previous three contests.

And now the game plan was geared toward stopping Wall, specifically keeping the speedster out of the paint. It's the same goal Washington had hoped to accomplish with Westbrook. Only the Thunder succeeded.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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