Game Grades: OKC Thunder end losing skid against Wizards

OKC Thunder snapped their losing skid; despite not playing a perfect game, offensive firepower led the way.

Jan 8, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7)
Jan 8, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Oklahoma City Thunder looked more like themselves on Monday.

The Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 136-128 to end a two-game losing skid. After uninspired starts in Atlanta and Brooklyn led to large early deficits, the Thunder took a lead into halftime in Washington.

The OKC Thunder get back on track in Washington.

The Thunder faced a much different must-win game than they had about a week ago. Against the Boston Celtics, the Thunder were looking to prove they belonged with the league’s elite, but Monday was a chance to prove that was not all a fluke.

While it was not a great sign for Oklahoma City to not pull away from a six-win team, any win is welcome. The offense was never going to be a problem as Oklahoma City shot 50% from deep and nearly 60% from the floor.

Still, the Thunder had their issues with the Wizards and let them stick around until the final minutes. With six players scoring at least 10 points, the Wizards’ attack was led by Kyle Kuzma.

Kuzma scored 22 points and killed the Thunder on the glass with 15 rebounds. 

With the Thunder back in the win column, things will not get easier as they start another grueling back-to-back against the Miami Heat on Wednesday.