The Oklahoma City Thunder won their third straight game last night beating the Washington Wizards 103-80 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder held the Wizards to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field. John Wall, who scored 47 points in his last game vs. Memphis, had just 18 points and 12 assists last night.
The Thunder also took 41 free throws as a team and made 37 of them while Washington went just 21-for-29 from the line.
With the win, the Thunder pull to within a game and a half of the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 31 minutes, 20 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists – B
The starters didn’t have to play much this game and Durant went into distributor mode getting the most assists he’s had in a game since March 8. Durant went 4-of-10 from the field but was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He also turned the ball over just twice.
Russell Westbrook – 25 minutes, 21 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds – B+
Westbrook picked up two quick fouls in the game and would sit for the rest of the first quarter. When he returned to the game, he was determined to get going and he did just that. He went 5-for-8 from the field and attacked the rim enough to take 11 free throws and make 10 of them.
Serge Ibaka – 29 minutes, 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks – C+
The last time Ibaka played the Wizards he scored a career-high 26 points. He wasn’t scoring last night as he shot just 2-of-8 from the field but he did other things like rebounding and blocking shots.
Kevin Martin – 23 minutes, 18 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound – B+
Martin has no problem going out there and torching a team like the Wizards. At least he did it but we’re still waiting for him to play this effectively against a team like the Spurs. He was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from downtown.
Kendrick Perkins – 21 minutes, 6 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Perkins was a defensive anchor last night and was great on the defensive glass. His offense was solid too although he did turn the ball over three times. The Thunder were also only plus-three with him out there.
Thabo Sefolosha – 19 minutes, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal – B
Sefolosha knocked down a pair of threes and it feels like it’s been forever since he’s done that. He needs to knock down shots to be effective because it helps the rest of his game as well, opening up the drive more and making him more aggressive.
Nick Collison – 22 minutes, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists – B+
Collison was essentially flawless again. Right when he checked in he immediately had two assists to Martin getting him going. Collison really took advantage of the Wizards’ poor defense and made them look silly on those plays.
Reggie Jackson – 23 minutes, 7 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound – B
Jackson got a little extra burn with Westbrook in early foul trouble. He immediately came in and made an impact scoring twice on drives. His confidence level is at an all-time high these days and it will be interesting to see how he does in the playoffs.
Derek Fisher – 14 minutes, 2 points, 1 assist, 2 steals – C
Fisher missed all three of his field goal attempts, two of which were threes. Fisher has gone six games in a row now in which he has played at least 11 minutes in each game and not made a single free throw. He’s 0-for-17 with four total points. Wow.
Hasheem Thabeet – 17 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 blocks – B-
Thabeet did his usual scoring once then blocking a few shots and committing four fouls. Sounds about right.
Scott Brooks – B
This was an easy one for Brooks who didn’t have to do much to make sure the Thunder won. The key was him inserting Reggie Jackson in for Russell Westbrook after he picked up two quick ones instead of Derek Fisher. He’s still of course playing Fisher way too much which will always keep him from an A grade.