Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thunder Strike Down Wizards

On January 7th, the Washington Wizards defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 101-99 on a Bradley Beal game-winning jumper. Tonight, the Wizards made their lone trip to Oklahoma looking for a season-series sweep of the defending Western Conference champs, but they'd have to do so without the services of Beal, who remained on the bench with a sprained left ankle.

Washington was also missing Trevor Ariza, Nene, Martell Webster, and A.J. Price, all of whom sat out with various ailments, ranging from a strained groin to the flu.

Wizards defenders could only watch Thunder center Kendrick Perkins throw down the slam dunk. (Photo by Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman)
The shorthanded Wizards, who only dressed eight players, trailed 53-45 at the half, and fell to the Thunder by a score of 103-80, despite 18 points and 12 assists from John Wall. Garrett Temple filled in nicely at shooting guard for Martell Webster adding 13 points in a starting role.

The victorious Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook with 21 points on 5-8 shooting from the field. D.C. native Kevin Durant had a well-rounded game, contributing 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

The Wizards will now head to Orlando to take on the Magic on Friday night.