Wizards end Thunder's 10-game win streak, 96-81

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The first half ended with a case of the Marquee Miscues. Kevin Durant lost the ball to John Wall, and Wall then missed an open fast-break layup at the horn. It was Durant's fourth turnover and Wall's seventh miss in a row.

At halftime, Wall changed his shoes. Maybe that was the difference.

The newly minted first-time All-Star guard scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off-night from Durant and snapped the Oklahoma Thunder's 10-game winning streak Saturday with a 96-81 win.

"I didn't like how I played on the road trip in my white shoes, so I tried the red ones," Wall said. "They didn't work in the first half, so I got rid of them and went back to my old white ones, and they kind of helped me out. I'm kind of superstitious."

Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went 7 for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for the 0-for-7 first half. Marcin Gortat had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Trevor Ariza added 18 points and did a solid job defending Durant, whose 26 points came on 8-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range, and enough calls to make him 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. He also committed five turnovers.

"Just stay in his grille, man," Ariza said. "Just try to make him take tough shots. Try not to give him no easy, easy looks."

Durant had a streak of 12 consecutive 30-point games end during a 25-point win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Sitting at his locker before Saturday's game, his legs hooked up to compression tubes for a high-tech massage, he talked about the 100 or so tickets he had to secure for family and friends in D.C.

Whether it was hometown jitters — or fatigue from the night before — or the unfamiliarity of the new balls with Adam Silver's signature on the first day of work for the new NBA commissioner — or the solid defense of Ariza — the city's native son had a rough night fighting the Wizards defense.

"They made me see a crowd," Durant said. "There were a few shots that I should have it hit. I had some good looks, but they did a good job."

The Thunder's only lead was 2-0. They committed 10 of their 21 turnovers in the first quarter.

"We were just a step slow in everything," Durant said. "We didn't start up with enough energy and intensity and that falls back on me as a leader."

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