Wizards Vs. Thunder: Kevin Durant's 40 Points Give Thunder Double Overtime Victory, Wizards 22nd Road Loss

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored all of their team's 21 points in the two overtime sessions to give their team the win. Trevor Booker had 21 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, in the loss.

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Wizards Vs. Thunder: Washington Falls In Double Overtime 124-117

On the Wizards' first possession of overtime, John Wall hit a big three-pointer, his first of the game, to give the Wizards the lead and to ensure that all five of Washington's starters would finish with a double-digit point total.

Wall would score five of Washington's seven points in the first overtime period, and contributed defensively as well. With John Wall guarding him, Russell Westbrook missed a long jump shot with under 20 seconds on the clock. Wall grabbed the rebound to give the Wizards the last possession of the first overtime, but Nick Young missed a fadeaway jumper in the final seconds, and Rashard Lewis failed to tip the ball in as time expired.

With the game stretching to a second overtime period, the Wizards could not find an answer to Kevin Durant, the league's leading scorer, who had 15 overtime points for the Thunder, including eight straight points to put his team up by five with just 1:47 left in the contest. The Wizards looked lost after that. They looked willing to settle for a moral victory.

In the end, it was hard not to get the feeling that one team knew exactly what they had to do to win a close game at home, and the other team had no idea how to win a close game on the road. This marks the fourth game in a row for the Thunder that was decided on the final possession, and they've now won three out of four of them. That's often the difference between good teams and bad teams.

Still, this was a very entertaining game with plenty of scoring from the stars on both sides of the ball. Durant led all scorers with 40 points, while Westbrook finished with 35 points and a triple-double for the Thunder. Young had 32 points for Washington.

The game ended with a score of 124-117, giving the Wizards their 22nd road loss to start the season. Fortunately for the Wizards, they'll have three more chances to end their road losing streak as they travel to Memphis, Dallas, and New Orleans in the coming days.


Wizards Vs. Thunder: Wizards Head To Overtime Looking For First Road Win

The Washington Wizards were inches away from their first road win in the 2010-11 season. Missed shots from Andray Blatche and Nick Young with under 20 seconds on the clock could have given the Wizards the lead. But we'll need extra time in Oklahoma City, as the game is tied 103-103 at the end of regulation.

Young tied the game at 103 with 13.1 seconds left on a catch-and-shoot jumper, set up by a screen from Andray Blatche. With a chance to win it, Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer as time expired.

In just his third start of the season, Trevor Booker rewarded Coach Flip Saunders for giving him the opportunity. The rookie forward out of Clemson has 21 points and nine rebounds, both career highs.

But the Wizards had no answer for Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder guard clearly outshined John Wall down the stretch. Westbrook earned a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Westbrook had five straight points to put the Tunder on top with under 2:00 remaining in the game, including two hard drives past several Wizards players in the lane. Meanwhile, at the other end of the floor, Wall missed two free throws when he had the chance to put his team back in the lead.


Wizards Vs. Thunder: Washington Dominates First Quarter, Oklahoma City Dominates Second

So what if the Washington Wizards are 0-21 on the road and 0-4 all-time against the Oklahoma City Thunder? With JaVale McGee staying home in D.C. with the flu, the Wizards have showed up big in the opening minutes tonight.

The Wizards finished the first quarter with a 29-21 lead, without suffering a single turnover. John Wall looked to be in total control, with six points and four assists in the first 12 minutes of action.

Washington's lead blossomed to 12 points early in the second quarter, led by Rashard Lewis' 10 points, but the Thunder unsurprisingly came back as Kevin Durant persisted to take advantage of some poor defensive efforts from Al Thornton. The Thunder would go on to outscore the Wizards 35-23 in the second quarter, finishing the half with a four point lead.

Oklahoma City's two biggest stars have turned in solid performances so far. Durant has 14 points to lead all scorers, while Russell Westbrook has 13 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Nick Young is leading the Wizards at the break with 11 points.


Wizards Vs. Thunder: John Wall, Wizards Start Four-Game Road Trip

The Washington Wizards are back on the road, where they have yet to win this year. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder welcome John Wall and company at 8 p.m. ET to kick off Washington’s trip.

Unless you've stopped watching the team altogether, you're surely aware the Wizards have yet to win on the road this season (0-21 away from the Verizon Center).  So that’s going to be the story line each time the Wizards play a road game until they win.

This west coast swing won't be an easy place to nab that elusive victory, starting with the Thunder, a team the Wizards (and everyone else) would love to use as a model for rebuilding. Step 1: Luck into Kevin Durant or John Wall. Step 2: Find a Russell Westbrook or Jared Sullinger. Step 3: Profit.

Facing Memphis (13-7 at home) looks like the biggest opportunity, with Washington heading to Dallas and New Orleans to close out the trip. Never fear: if (when?) the Wizards come up empty-handed, they will still be four losses shy of matching the Mavericks' all-time record of 29 straight road defeats to open the season.

Want more pre-game reading material? Navigate on over to Bullets Forever for an updated assessment of Flip Saunders' coaching job and to debate whether Nick Young is a building block at shooting guard.

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