NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 10th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (2-3) at Oklahoma City Thunder (4-1), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will put their three-game
winning streak on the line Sunday night when they host the Washington Wizards
at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder have toppled the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks at home, then
knocked off the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills, 119-110 on
The Thunder were led by Kevin Durant, as always. He finished with 37 points,
eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block. Durant shot 9-for-15
from the field, 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and 17-for-19 from the free-throw
"Kevin is always about winning," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I could not
say enough good things. I could stand up here for 20 days straight and
continue to talk about all the good things he brings to our team, our
organization and our city. He's a winner and he's a leader. I'm fortunate to
be coaching him."
Russell Westbrook scored 20 points and rookie first-round pick Steven Adams
was sensational. The Pitt product finished with 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting
and pulled down 10 rebounds in 30:31 of action. Serge Ibaka and Jeremy Lamb
both scored in double figures.
The Thunder head west for two tough tilts with the Los Angeles Clippers and
Golden State Warriors after Sunday's game with Washington.
The Wizards have won two in a row after opening the season with three straight
Washington beat the Philadelphia 76ers on the road Wednesday, then outlasted
the Brooklyn Nets, 112-108 at home in overtime Friday.
Trevor Ariza made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40.9 seconds left in overtime to
seal the victory.
Bradley Beal led the way with 29 points on a fantastic shooting night. John
Wall added 17 points, 14 assists, six rebounds and four steals.
"If you want to be a good team and have a chance of being in the playoffs,"
Wall said, "you've got to win close games. We didn't give up."
Nene chipped in 20 points, while Marcin Gortat had a double-double with 15
points and 12 rebounds. Al Harrington contributed 15 points off the bench.
The Wiz shot a sensational 41.7 percent from the 3-point line, highlighted by
a combined 7-for-12 from Beal and Harrington.
The Wizards have won two of their last three against the Thunder, but
Washington has never won in four trips to Oklahoma City.
11/10 10:12:53 ET