The Washington Wizards exploded in the fourth quarter of their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night staging a comeback and sending their fans home happy after winning the contest 105-103. It was just the second win of the season for the struggling Wizards, as they ended a four game skid with the victory. The loss for the Thunder put an end to their seven game winning streak; a prospect they most likely could not fathom before the tipoff. Washington got 49 points from their starting back-court with John Wall contributing 25 points while Nick Young added 24 for the game.
Russell Westbrook knocked down 36 points in the loss while Kevin Durant scored 33 points for the evening; however they did not have enough support from the rest of the roster to pull out the win. It was just the second road loss for the Thunder and only their third loss of the season for the club with the best record in the Western Conference.
Washington looked like they needed a road map to find the basket in their own arena during the first 12 minutes of play. The Thunder failed to take advantage of the situation as they were not much better on the offensive end in the period and although they had the upper hand at 22-18 at the conclusion of the quarter it should have been by a much larger margin. The opponents traded the lead back and forth throughout the second but the momentum went to Oklahoma City down the stretch. Durant hit a mid-range shot with one second remaining and was fouled on the play. After he hit the shot at the line the Thunder headed into the locker room on top 51-46.
The Wizards trailed by double-digits during the third when Westbrook knocked down a pair at the charity stripe with 8:18 to play making it a 59-47 affair. However Washington cut their deficit dramatically by the end of the period as Andray Blatche threw up a 30 foot prayer at the buzzer which found the basket cutting Oklahoma City’s lead to 76-72.
Nick Young gave Washington their first lead of the second half with 7:24 left in the contest as he nailed a 24 foot trey putting his team ahead 86-85. The home team would retain the advantage for the rest of the game surviving a threat by the Thunder in the closing seconds and were cheered by their fans for the victory at the conclusion of play.
Wall scored 25 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds while Young put up 24 points, 2 assists and a block. Jordan Crawford came off the bench with 18 points, 6 assists and a steal while Blatche recorded a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds,4 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Westbrook knocked down 36 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and a steal while Durant scored 33 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocks. James Harden came off the bench with 13 points, 3 rebounds and a steal. Washington now has a 2-12 mark and will play host to the Denver Nuggets on Friday while Oklahoma City fall to 12-3 and will play Saturday in New Jersey as they take on the Nets.