Game Recap: Thunder 116, Wizards 89

News and notes following the Thunder’s 116-89 win over the Washington Wizards:

  • Oklahoma City now moves to 20 games over .500 (43-23). The Thunder didn’t get to 20 games over .500 last season until early April. The team is now 7-1 in March, 25-7 versus teams with losing records and 20-6 versus teams in the Eastern Conference.
  • This is the fifth time this season the Thunder has swept a back-to-back.
    “This was a good all-around win for us tonight,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks, “We moved the ball well on offense, a lot of good passes. Kevin (Durant) and DC (Daequan Cook) shot well but that was because we made good passes to get them open. And the defense was good tonight too.”
  • Kendrick Perkins in the Thunder lineup for the first time starts the game and impacts the opening possession by altering John Wall’s shot attempt, forcing a miss. Perkins played the first seven minutes of the quarter, grabbing five rebounds, scoring two points an d handing out an assist.
    “Perk was good, he was just what we expected,” Brooks said. “He played 20 hard minutes, his level of commitment is very good, he talks a lot on defense, communicates with his teammates very well. He was ready to play.”
    “I think he’s been ready for a while,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant, “Him and Serge were great protecting the paint.”
  • Thunder with nice energy at both ends to start the game racing out to an 8-0 lead and finishing the quarter up by nine at 33-24.
  • Thunder really sharing the ball well on offense again with 14 assists on the first 18 made baskets.
  • Oklahoma City with an 18-6 run halfway through the second quarter to push the lead out to 19 points, the biggest lead of the game to that point.
  • Solid offense and defense in the first half. OKC shooting 50% at the break with 19 assists on 27 made baskets and 68 points, tied for the best output in a first half this season. Washington held to just 37.8% shooting, 0-for-3 from long range, eight assists and eight turnovers.
  • 25-point Oklahoma City lead going into the fourth quarter, 95-70, starters will be able to spend most of the last quarter on the bench.
  • James Harden (16 points) now has a career-best 13th straight game scoring in double digits.
  • Daequan Cook ties his career-high with six 3-pointers.
  • Russell Westbrook had a triple-double in the first game against the Wizards, tonight he managed a double-double with 18 points and 12 assists.
  • Serge Ibaka ties a career-high with eight blocks, he had seven Sunday at Cleveland.
    “Perk and Serge bring a mindset to do what it takes on defense,” noted Coach Brooks, “but I like all our bigs too. They all do a good job protecting the basket and guarding the paint.”

PLAYS THE BOX SCORE WON’T SHOW: Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins doing a good job of clogging the lane in the early going blocking and altering shots...Perks grabs an offensive rebound eraly in the second quarter to extend a possession and then gets the ball to Durant for an open 3-pointer. Perk gets his sixth rebound and his second assist...Russell Westbrook with two consecutive steals in the second quarter each leading to a basket. Westbrook scoring one himself and dishing to James Harden for the other...Thabo Sefolosha with great defense on Nick Young early in the third quarter forcing Young to miss his shot attempt...Kevin Durant with a steal in the third quarter, a pass to Westbrook who gets it back to KD for a big one-handed slam that brings a lot of oohs and aahs from the Washington, DC crowd...Westbrook has been jumping the Wizards passing lanes all night. He picked up his fourth steal in the third quarter and has also deflected several passes...

STATS WORTH REPEATING: Kevin Durant (5-for-6) and Daequan Cook (6-for-9) combine to go 11-for-15 on 3-pointers. No one on the Wizards connected from long range. Washington was 0-for-9...The Thunder finished with 30 assists on 42 made baskets...Kendrick Perkins, in his Thunder debut plays 19:57, scores six points and pulls down nine rebounds. He also altered several shots...Russell Westbrook (12) and Eric Maynor (9) combine for 21 assists.

LAST WORD: “We’ve gotta get it started on defense first in Miami (Wednesday night) that’s the key,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

UP NEXT: The Thunder will stay on the east coast with a trip to South Beach up next. Oklahoma City visits the Miami Heat Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 PM on Fox Sports Oklahoma and the Thunder Radio Network.