Herb Stein once said that if something can’t go on forever, it won’t. You have to figure that the Washington Wizards would win a road game eventually, and early in the second overtime (!), it looked like they were going to. Kevin Durant then went into I Don’t Think So mode, running off ten points in five minutes, and the Thunder sent the Wiz away unhappy, 124-117.
The Wizards did bring plenty of offense: JaVale McGee was a no-show, but all five Washington starters rolled up double figures, and both John Wall (13 points, 10 assists) and Trevor Booker (21 points, 12 rebounds) earned double-doubles. Nick Young had a formidable 32 points; Rashard Lewis had twenty. And the Wiz know their ball control: they gave up only seven turnovers in 58 minutes.
But Durant/Westbrook Game Finishers, Inc. were not going to be denied. Russell racked up yet another triple-double (35 points, 13 boards, 13 dimes), and KD finished with 40 points. Jeff Green (remember him?) came up with a double-double (13 points, 12 boards). And Scott Brooks, much to his dismay, had to tweak the rotation: Thabo Sefolosha got banged up at the very end of the Minnesota game Wednesday, and James Harden was drafted to start at the two. This meant minutes for Daequan Cook, especially after Harden fouled out, and Cook came up with nine points (three treys) and five rebounds. The Thunder were not too swift with the long ball otherwise (5-21), and they uncharacteristically bricked ten free throws, but they shot over 49 percent and outrebounded the Wizards 55-43.
So yet another cardiac event for OKC, in front of a sellout crowd (the 20th of the year) at the We’ll Put Up The Sign Later Arena. The Sunday matinee against the Heat, of course, has been sold out since LeBron was in high school, or so it seems. And Herb Stein has to wait a while before we update his accuracy record, which now stands at several zillion to 0.