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article imageNBA: Kendrick Perkins make OKC debut in win Wizards 116-89

By Kristofor Molson     Mar 16, 2011 in Sports
Washington - At the trade deadline, the Thunder accepted a trade from the Boston Celtics to send Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. Perkins had not played a game until last night when he made his first start for his new team.
Last time these two teams met the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-23) did not make their trade yet, and still beat the Washington Wizards (16-49) 124-117 in double overtime. This time they the trade was complete and their new big in the middle Kendrick Perkins came to play. Perkins had sat out trying to get his knee back right, and in that time frame signed an extension and got healthy.
The Thunder must have been excited to have him on the floor because they jumped out to a quick 8-0 run that had the Wizards calling an early timeout. Washington bounced back with a run of their own to get the game within three on a Young jumper. McGee made a layup to make the score 13-10, but the Thunder pushed their lead to ten after Durant was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made all his free-throws.
Oklahoma City built their lead to ten with a Collins layup and then got it to a twelve point lead on a Harden layup. Washington ended the period on a 6-2 run to make the score 33-24.
Cook pushed the Thunder lead to 12 points on a 3-pointer that made the score 40-28 before the Wizards called a timeout. After the timeout Cook hit two more 3-pointers that pushed their lead to 16 points. He went on his own 9-2 run that included three 3-pointers in a row, and Young of the Wizards only making a pair of free-throws.
At the 6:05 mark Durant sparked another run with 3-pointer that made the score 53-34 after a Harding dunk that forced Washington to take a full timeout. The Wizards tried to battle back, but poor shooting and the Thunder answering almost every shoot kept them at bay. The lead was 68-47 at halftime, and the 68 points equaled the Thunder's largest point total for any half this season.
The league leading scorer Kevin Durant had 32 points to lead the Thunder and the game, he also had three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Russell Westbrook scored 18 points with 12 assists, four rebounds and four steals. Serge Ibaka scored 10 points, but had eight blocks with four rebounds.
Kendrick Perkins had six points and nine rebounds in his debut for the Thunder.
Daequan Cook had 18 points off the bench and James Harden added 16 points off the bench.
Three players scored 14 points for the Wizard, Trevor Booker who also had 13 rebounds, JaVale McGee who had nine rebounds with five blocks, and finally John Wall who had seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and six turnovers. Nick Young scored just 11 points.
Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin helped off the bench with 12 apiece, but it was just not enough. The Wizards shoot just 39.4 percent to the Thunder’s 48.8, and Washington was 0-9 from behind the arc.
The Thunder’s bench outscored the Wizards’ bench 48-36, and the Wizards went 15-23 from the free-throw line as the Thunder shot 95.2 percent going 20-21.
The Thunder opened the game up in the third quarter pushing their lead to 77-54 on a Durant 3-pointer and dunk. Westbrook threw up an alley-oop pass to Durant who took off and jumped above the rim high to slam it end with one-handed. The play happened in front of Wall who could only watch powerlessly to stop it and the Wizards' bench.
OKC had a 28 point lead at the 5:16 mark after Durant hit a 3-pointer to finish a 9-2 spurt. The Wizard tried to cut into the lead, Ibaka made a jumper and Durant hit another 3-pointer that made the score 91-64. Crawford hit a jumper at the end of the period to make the score 95-70.
Seraphin made a layup to make the score 95-72 early in the final period, but Cook and Harden responded with back-to-back 3-pointers that made it 101-74. The Thunder then hit cruise control to close out the period, but not before they pushed their lead to 31 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Cook.
Washington has now lost four in a row, and 20 of the last 23 games. The Wizards have been outscored by a total of 67 points in their last three games, and they have all been at home.
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