NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 29th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (16-14) at Washington Wizards (10-19), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to extend their season- high winning streak to four games tonight, when they take on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
The Thunder recorded their third consecutive victory with Monday's 105-89 triumph at New Jersey, as Kevin Durant pumped in 40 points on 15-of-22 shooting to lead the way. Durant has now scored 30 or more points in four straight contests and is fourth in the NBA in scoring with 28.2 ppg.
"Durant's a superstar. He can win a game all by himself," said Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe. "He reminds me of George Gervin when I was playing, just a very, very difficult cover."
Nenad Krstic scored 19 points and Russell Westbrook finished with 16 points and 10 assists for the Thunder, who are 8-7 away from home this season.
Washington will open a short homestand Tuesday versus Oklahoma City and San Antonio, and is 5-7 in DC this season. The Wizards have lost two straight and nine of their last 12 games, including Monday's 116-111 overtime setback at Memphis in the finale of a three-game road trip.
Gilbert Arenas tallied 30 points and five assists for the Wizards, who went 1-2 on the trek and got 24 points apiece from Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Brendan Haywood added 12 points and nine rebounds in defeat.
"Right now, we're playing hard enough and good enough to barely lose instead of hard enough and good enough to pull these games out," Arenas said.
Oklahoma City defeated Washington, 127-108, on November 20 this season at the Ford Center, but the Wizards have won 10 of the past 14 matchups in the series. Washington has won the last six meetings as the host.
12/29 10:31:43 ET