WASHINGTON D.C. — The Oklahoma City Thunder (4-4) won their fourth straight game 134-111 in dominant fashion. Much of that can be attributed to the Washington Wizards (1-7) train wreck of a season. The Wizards played lazy defense and allowed the Thunder to do whatever they wanted on offense.
Of course, Oklahoma City did more than their fair share of playing great basketball.
Down 13-3 to start the game, the Thunder didn’t panic. From the 9:24 mark of the first quarter, Oklahoma City outscored Washington 76-37. The destruction of the Wizards became apparent when the Thunder outscored the home team 44-20 in the second quarter.
“We just wanted to come out here and and keep the streak going,” Jerami Grant — who finished with a career high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting — said afterwards. “I think everybody had energy even though we played last night.”
The Wizards earned 13 assists and four turnovers in the first quarter. They finished the second half with 16 assists and 14 turnovers. Oklahoma City stole the ball away 11 times in the first half — they ended with 26 points off of 18 Washington turnovers.
“We didn’t get off to a great start defensively,” Billy Donovan said after the game. “I thought we settled down towards the end of the first defensively, and then we had a big quarter in the second there.”
The Thunder continued their hot shooting streak with a 57-47-80 shooting split. Oklahoma City shot 15-of-32 from three, highlighted by Paul George hitting 4-of-6. He finished 17 points and seven assists.
George, who became just the 19th player in NBA history to go 0-for-10 from three in a single game last night against the Charlotte Hornets, missed his first two shots of the night but settled into his shot and finished with a solid game.
Russell Westbrook’s quiet efficiency over the past four games continued tonight. The All-Star finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 12 assists to one turnover. Overall, the Thunder finished with 34 assists to just 13 turnovers. He is shooting 55 percent from the field in the previous four games.
The team’s 79 points at the end of the second quarter tied a franchise record for points in a half.
Terrance Ferguson put together his best offensive game of the season. The second-year guard took five shots, all threes, and hit three of him. His nine points are the most he scored on the year.
The Thunder are off until Monday night when they return to Oklahoma City to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.