THE Washington Wizards unleashed a balanced attack along with a stifling defense to hand the Oklahoma City Thunder a 22-point beating, 120-98, at the Verizon Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Markieff Morris led six Wizards in double figures with 23 points, and got going early to put Washington up 22-6 in the first period before Oklahoma City cut the deficit to three near the midway point of the second. John Wall, who finished with a double-double of 15 points and 14 assists, then led a strong 17-7 finish to take a 67-54 lead at the half.
Washington stepped up their play on both ends of the floor with a sizzling 26-5 start after the break to lead by as much as 34. The Thunder could only manage to come as close as 20 the rest of the way as top gunner Russell Westbrook struggled with just 5-of-19 shooting to finish with 17 points.
The Wizards shot 57.5 percent from the field while limiting the Thunder to a 35.4 clip.
Bradley Beal sank 6-of-7 triples to add 22 points to the Washington onslaught. Otto Porter Jr. also had a double-double with 18 markers and 12 rebounds to help the Wizards win their third straight and improve to a 33-21 card.
Joffrey Lauvergne also had 17 points for the Thunder, who have lost two in a row and fell to 31-25. Cameron Payne was the only other OKC player in double digits with 12 off the bench.