Wall leads Wizards past ThunderJan 19, 2012 - 4:24 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Record wise, it was an encounter of the NBA's best against the NBA's worst, but it was the lowly Washington Wizards who prevailed over the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-102, on Tuesday night.
John Wall filled the stat sheet with 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Nick Young added 24 points for the Wizards, who put the brakes on a four-game losing skid and moved to 2-12 on the season.
Kevin Durant had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer with a deep straightaway three-pointer, but it clanked off the rim.
Russell Westbrook had 36 points and Durant added 33 for the Thunder, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped.
"They did a good job of crashing the offensive boards, the 19 offensive boards bothered us and we fouled too many times," Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks said.
The Wizards finished 31-of-43 from the free-throw line.
Young's three-pointer capped a 12-4 Wizards run and gave Washington a 93-88 lead with 3:22 left to play in the game.
Neither team recorded a point until Durant's step-back jumper pulled Oklahoma City within three with 1:17 remaining.
Young made 1-of-2 from the line on Washington's ensuing possession and Westbrook answered with a bucket to make it 94-92 with 50.9 to play.
Wall hit a pair of free throws to put the Wizards up 96-92 with 41.3 seconds remaining. Durant was called for a charge on the Thunder's ensuing possession. Wall hit another pair of free throws to put Washington up by six.
A little bit later, two Jordan Crawford free throws made it 101-94 with 25.9 seconds left, but the Thunder didn't go away as Durant scored six points in 7.9 seconds to make it 102-100 with 11.0 seconds left. Durant hit a three- pointer and after Wall made 1-of-2 free throws, Trevor Booker fouled Durant on a three-point attempt. He made all three free throws.
But Wall made another pair of foul shots to put the Wizards back up by four. After Westbrook's layup made it 104-102, Young finally gave the Thunder the opening they needed by making 1-of-2 free throws to make it 105-102 with five seconds left.
But Durant's shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
Thabo Sefolosha capped a 10-0 Thunder run to give Oklahoma City a 14-5 advantage midway through the first. Durant netted nine points in the opening quarter as Oklahoma City took a 22-18 advantage into the second.
Durant scored five points in the final minute of the half -- his only points of the second quarter -- as the Thunder took a 51-46 advantage into the break. Westbrook erupted for 18 points in the opening 24 minutes of play.
Andray Blatche hit a three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left in the third quarter to pull the Wizards within 76-72 heading into the fourth.
James Harden had 13 points off the bench for Oklahoma City while Blatche had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds...Oklahoma City is 6-2 on the road...An Oklahoma City win would've give its franchise its best start since the Seattle SuperSonics went 13-2 to open 2004-05.
- OKLAHOMA CITY: 102
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- OKLAHOMA CITY: 76
End of 3rd
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- OKLAHOMA CITY: 51
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- OKLAHOMA CITY: 22
End of 1st
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- OKLAHOMA CITY: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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