Second Team Propels OKC Over Wizards

The Wizards are now 0-9 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last time Washington beat the franchise, the OKC Thunder were the Seattle Supersonics.

To debut the “City Edition” uniforms, Steven Adams brought down the city with a Russell Westbrook assisted dunk.

Earlier today, Bedlam Brother readers gave their input on the new Thunder threads.

Both teams started with an offensive stalemate. Washington began the game 1-7 from the field. Oklahoma City took advantage of the Wizards’ abysmal energy and scored the game’s first ten points. Washington began to creep back into the game cutting the Thunder’s lead to four. Ian Mahinmi added a dunk of his own after a few missed shots by the Thunder, but Mahinmi shoved Paul George down low just seconds later. OKC ended the first quarter with most of the second unit playing, and leading, 25-0 with a Paul George buzzer-beater three … quickly followed by a George technical foul.

Oklahoma City started the second quarter without a single starter on the floor. The second unit alone warranted a Scott Brooks timeout after four unanswered points. Before starters reentered the game, the Thunder’s bench went on an 8-0 run. The Thunder played about half of the second quarter with at least one second-string player on the floor. Aside from the technical free throws, the full lineup of bench players allowed zero points. The Thunder starters allowed 20. OKC outscored Washington 29-20 in the second quarter.

The third quarter has caused Oklahoma City fans to grimace all season-long. The Thunder started the second half by going on a 7-5 run, allowing the Wizards to cut the lead to ten, resulting in a timeout by Billy Donovan. After two made Wizard free throws and a missed Carmelo Anthony three, Washington cut the lead to four, dramatically shifting the momentum. Oklahoma City answered with two free throws and a Westbrook bucket. The Westbrook two-pointer sparked OKC to extend the lead to six. Two Wizard three-pointers kept the Thunder honest. By way of a Markieff Morris layup, Washington was within one. With emotions running high, and testosterone oozing out of the players’ ears, a play under the basket, sent Thunder big man Steven Adams airborne, who delivered a kick to Bradley Beal’s groin on the way down. After a moment to review the play, the officials assessed Steven Adams a technical foul, not to the delight of fans inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. The technical free throws tied the game; however, a Marcin Gortat common-foul gave Adams a couple of free throws to put the Thunder back in front by one. Billy Donovan sent three of his bench players into the game, one of which, Raymond Felton, sunk a 26-foot three-pointer. Oklahoma City’s second team helped the Thunder to an eight-point lead to end the third quarter.

Once again, Donovan elected to start a quarter with his bench on the floor. The Thunder’s bench extended OKC’s lead to eight in just three minutes. Donovan checked a few starters into the game, and Washington stormed back to within three. A Westbrook bucket kept the Thunder on top by two possessions. Just seconds later, Russ slammed one home.

The Westbrook jam brought Thunder fans back into the game and initiated a string of Thunder points. And then … déjà vu.

After the two Westbrook dunks, the Thunder became comfortable and played their best brand of basketball … loose and confident. Terrance Ferguson, Westbrook, Anthony and George started the late-game OKC scoring affair. The Washington Wizards, riding a three-game road trip, could not string together enough stretches of brilliance to pull off a victory.
FINAL OKC 121 WAS 112
UP NEXT Oklahoma City will travel to Detroit on Saturday for a 4:00 CST game with the Pistons, who are coming off a loss to Utah. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Oklahoma.
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