The Thunder’s Jeff Green reacts after scoring during the first half against the Wizards on Friday. Green had 19 points and 14 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s 127-108 win. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
21, 2001. Durant led the Thunder with a team-high 35 points, Jeff Green broke out of an eight-game slump with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Westbrook had 26 points and seven assists as OKC beat Washington at its preferred fast-paced style and shot 53 percent for the game.
The players pointed to how the team is now coming together.
"We didn’t back into a corner once they made a run,” said Durant. "Once they made a run we kind of fought back. Guys made big plays and made big shots. We got stops when we needed to and we helped each other out on both ends.”
After watching the Wizards control the game’s rebounding for three quarters, the Thunder countered by outrebounding Washington 13-6 in the fourth quarter. OKC held the Wizards without an offensive rebound after Washington pulled down 16 through three periods. The Thunder took a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter but outscored the Wizards 32-22 in the final frame.
"We’re getting better each day and we trust each other more and more,” Durant said. "That’s the biggest thing, trusting each other on both ends. And we did that.”