Wizards add another signature win to their resumePosted on February 02, 2014
For the month of January the Oklahoma City Thunder averaged over 106 points per game and shot close to 49 percent from the field. On Saturday the Wizards held the Thunder to below 40 percent from the field in a 96-81 win at Verizon Center.
Key moments from Wizards win
Trevor Ariza had success at both ends of the floor. Ariza scored 18 points and then made Kevin Durant take 21 shots to score 26 points.
Exclusive interview with Trevor Ariza
John Wall took over the game in the second half and finished with 17 points and 15 assists. Wall said he made adjustments.
Exclusive interview with John Wall
Wittman on Wall:
"Got to have amnesia in this league if you're going to be good. If you're going to be good you can't let bad plays, bad shooting, bad three quarters bother you. That fourth quarter has to be the best quarter ever and he was I think 0-for-7 at half and went 7-of-8 in the second half and really got us going with 15 assists. It could be easy to sit there and say, misses a layup at halftime I told him, either change your shoes, change your uniform, or do something. Something is not right."
Marcin Gortat was like glue for the Wizards. He helped deny penetration in the paint and finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Exclusive interview with Marcin Gortat
Nene played with aggression and passion, but when he got in foul trouble Trevor Booker delivered quality minutes.
Exclusive interview with Trevor Booker
"A team like that is going to make some runs, make some plays, but our intensity as five guys on the floor at once was pretty in tune for 48 minutes. We won it defensively, it wasn't the prettiest game offensively for us at times. Just when we had the tendency to hold on to the ball, not move bodies and not move the ball, we struggle a little bit. We kind of ran into that a couple of points in the game in the second and third quarter. But to have all five guys [with] double figure shot attempts means you’re moving the ball."
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The Wizards are back home and ready for another challenge with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. We offer our exclusive preview, plus Trevor Ariza on defending Durant and Marc Spears from Yahoo Sports on Durant and the Wizards.