The Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Washington Wizards on Wednesday evening, easily winning 103-80 at home.
The Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook dynamic duo led the Thunder to the win, with 20 and 21 points, respectively. Kevin Martin also helped out, with 18. Kedrick Perkins and Emeka Okafor had big rebounding days for OKC, grabbing 11 and 10 boards each.
For Washington, John Wall led in scoring with 18 points, and additionally had 12 assists. Garrett Temple scored 13 points, while Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin each had 12 and Trevor Booker had 10 more.
Washington had won its previous two games against Oklahoma City, but numerous injuries and illness left the Wizards with only eight players in uniform and it was not enough to contain the Thunder for a third time.
The Wizards had to face one of the best teams in the West without Trevor Ariza (flu), Leandro Barbosa (torn left knee ligament), Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle), Nene (knee), Martell Webster (abdominen) and A.J. Price (groin).
Still, the Wizards managed to secure an early lead, and even kept it close through the opening minutes. However, an 8-0 run put Oklahoma City up 10-5 and the Thunder never fell behind again. The Thunder extended the lead to 45-34 after Westbrook sank a pair of free throws with 4:57 left in the first half, and then carried a 53-45 lead at the half.
The Thunder just kept on rolling after the half, especially Westbrook, who already had 15 of his 21 points before the break. He and Thabo Sefolosha hit back-to-back three balls to put OKC ahead 70-54 with nearly seven minutes left in the third quarter and the Wizards never could chip into that double-digit lead again.
Oklahoma City has won nine of its last 10 home games, and have done so by an average of 22 points. Going into this game, they were one-and-a-half games behind San Antonio, who take on the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night as well.
With the win, the Oklahoma City Thunder advance to 53-19 on the season, and play the Minnesota Timberwolves next, on Fri., Mar. 29.