WASHINGTON — Kevin Durant gathering toward a basket late in a initial half Tuesday night, towering and got fouled. When a play was over, a 2013-14 NBA MVP limped a bit around a justice and retained during his stretched left hamstring.
“I came down a small awkward,” Durant said, vocalization gently in a corridor outward a locker room, “and landed on it a small harder than we wanted to and we pulled it.”
After Durant left during halftime Tuesday night since of his injury, Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook took over, compiling a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to lead Oklahoma City to a 125-101 feat over a struggling Washington Wizards.
Kevin Durant’s large lapse to D.C. didn’t go as planned
A hamstring damage forced Kevin Durant to play usually one half in his lapse home to Washington D.C.
Durant missed many of final deteriorate with a damaged right feet that indispensable 3 operations, and Westbrook emerged as a league’s scoring champion. A identical unfolding played out Tuesday, as Westbrook had 10 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a third entertain to build a gentle lead, afterwards complacent in a fourth.
“With Kevin not entrance out of a locker room in a second half,” Thunder manager Billy Donovan said, “I suspicion a guys came out with good focus.”
Durant, second in a NBA in scoring entering a night, had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a initial half. Dion Waiters scored 25 points for a Thunder, who had mislaid 3 of their past 4 games and now are 5-3.
They have a integrate of days off now, and Durant didn’t sound like someone too disturbed about blank a lot of time with what he pronounced was his initial hamstring problem.
He called it a “small injury” and pronounced he’ll have an MRI examination Wednesday.
“I mean, we can walk,” he said. “I’m a small sore.”
Donovan said: “I don’t consider it’s anything too, too serious.”
John Wall had usually 9 points and 5 assists as Washington’s losing strain reached 3 games.
Coach Randy Wittman illuminated into his players during his postgame news conference.
“We’re only too soothing of a group right now,” he said.
“We don’t defend,” Wittman added. “Guys expostulate by us during will. We don’t have any toughness.”
Westbrook dominated for stretches of a third quarter, when Oklahoma City used an early 16-8 run to go brazen 84-58, a biggest domain until then. On uninterrupted security in that period, Westbrook threw down a soaring, one-handed dunk, afterwards moments after strike a 3-pointer and wagged 3 fingers before pulsation his chest.
“We know what we’re ostensible to do as a team,” Westbrook said. “We’re perplexing to play a turn that’s championship-basketball level, and we took caring of business tonight.”
Durant can turn a giveaway representative after this season, and a Wizards are among many teams approaching to try to pointer him, with fans adopting a aphorism “KD2DC.” He was innate in Washington and went to high propagandize in circuitously Rockville, Maryland.
Early on, Durant was booed when dribbling adult justice and after a span of dunks. When he sank a span of 3-pointers after in a initial quarter, there was respectful — maybe even elegant — applause.
Asked either he listened a fans booing, Durant laughed.
“They were?” he replied. “Nah. we don’t care.”
At halftime, with Durant done, Donovan had to reinstate a six-time All-Star. The manager was meditative of regulating Waiters, though he’s been traffic with an dissapoint stomach. “So we said, `Where’s Dion?’ and he didn’t come out there,” Donovan said, explaining that’s since Kyle Singler was on a justice to start a second half.
The Wizards averaged 25 turnovers in their prior dual losses, though didn’t have one Tuesday until there were 5 1/2 mins left in a second quarter.
The Wizards were but their heading scorer, sharpened ensure Bradley Beal, since of a bruise left shoulder, and haven brazen Nene sat out with behind spasms.
Thunder: Shot 15 for 23 on 3s, 65.2 percent. … Serge Ibaka scored 23 points.
Thunder: Host Philadelphia on Friday.
Wizards: Host Orlando on Saturday.
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