Well, this didn’t look like a team that was 30 games behind. The Washington Wizards, despite a record even more woeful than the Thunder’s, refused to go away until literally the last minute, when Nenad Krstić got a timely rebound, dropped in a pair of free throws, and got one more timely rebound, putting Oklahoma City up 88-83 and earning a 1-1 split for the series.
Once again, Antawn Jamison had his way: he knocked down 29 points, way more than anyone else on either side, and snagged ten boards. Darius Songaila and Andray Blatche were good for 14 each. The Wizards shot only 40 percent, though they nailed three of nine from beyond the arc.
All five Thunder starters again, without Kevin Durant or Jeff Green finished in double figures, led by Krstić with 18. Nick Collison had a double-double 12 points, 10 rebounds and once again, Thabo Sefolosha finished with 15 points, not to mention three steals and three blocks. The man’s a veritable Wrecking Crew. OKC shot 50 percent on the nose.
With the hot-shoes sidelined, the bench-dwellers are emerging again: Damien Wilkins, in 15 minutes, got eight points, seven boards and two steals. Robert Swift put in a productive shift, as did Malik Rose, and Earl Watson served up his usual quantity (seven) of dimes.
It’s off to New Orleans for a Saturday night and who hasn’t looked fondly on that prospect? followed by the Sixers at the Ford on Sunday.