Then came the familiar refrain for the Wizards.
They traded baskets with the Thunder for the first four minutes and led 90-89. Then came the collapse. And the boys with local flavor dressed in OKC uniforms took advantage.
Former Virginia Commonwealth standout Eric Maynor drove for a layup, then Georgetown product Jeff Green followed with one of his own. D.C. native Kevin Durant drove baseline and flushed an easy two-handed jam, and Green came back with a 3-pointer. In less than two minutes, the Thunder had gone from two down to up 98-92.
Russell Westbrook scored seven straight points as the Thunder closed out the game and earned their fourth straight victory against Washington.
That iced a victorious homecoming for Durant, who led the Thunder with 35 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, and Green, who had 18 points and four rebounds. Washington’s nonexistent defense made 28 points from Jamison, 24 from Gilbert Arenas and double-digit scoring from the other three starters insignificant.