The Thunder were always in control of the game and led 54-40 at half-time before Washington threatened a revival, with Bradley Beal ending the game with 41 points for the Wizards, the third time this season he scored 40 or more. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Steven Adams' career high six-game double double streak has come to an end, however the Oklahoma City Thunder's league-high winning streak remains in tact. The 76ers evened the score at 101 on a slam dunk by Simmons with 6:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder closed the game on a 21-11 run to seal the victory.
The Kings regrouped to outplay the Spurs in the first half. However, Anthony might not be capable of defending wings for extended periods at this point, which would make a big lineup a non-starter.
Later in the game, OKC's Paul George made a valiant attempt to exact revenge on Westbrook's behalf - "I was trying to finish that one", he said after the game - by throwing down a titanic jam. George failed, but he earned a trip to the free throw line and, one would imagine, his teammate's gratitude. Embiid can certainly do things he can't - you know, that whole rim-protection thing - but he can't dart through lanes, push by himself in transition, or otherwise seize the game in the way a guy like Westbrook does. Harden fell two assists shy of his third triple-double of the season.
The All-Star forward added nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Bucks improve to 3-0 since the interim coach replaced the fired Jason Kidd.
Though Oklahoma City has another wing stopper in, Roberson's presence allowed the Thunder to take advantage of George's ability to freelance defensively while guarding weaker opponents.
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The Wizards before the win over Atlanta had lost four out of their last five games.
In the second quarter, Embiid went up for a shot and caught Patterson in the face. The Rockets took a 107-93 lead on a Ryan Anderson 3-pointer at the 7:35 mark and then withstood a late surge keyed by Suns guard Devin Booker and forward T.J. Warren.
Washington has played uninspired ball lately and one of the biggest reasons for their struggles is carelessness. The Thunder forced 23 turnovers, 16 of them steals. George is second in the league in that category.
Making a deal will be challenging for Oklahoma City.
The Thunder led 92-83 at the end of the third. Warren added 24 points. Whether it was pulling up for his patented mid-range jumper or going coast-to-coast, "Russ" had it going from all angles.
And he would try again at the start of the fourth quarter.
John Wall missed Saturday's game with knee soreness, a nagging injury that has now kept him out for over 10 games this season.