WASHINGTON (AP) — This time, even without John Wall, the Washington Wizards managed to slow down Russell Westbrook, holding him to 13 points and ending his Oklahoma City Thunder’s eight-game winning streak. Knowing they are heading into what could be a significant stretch without their own All-Star point guard, the Wizards got 25 points from Otto Porter Jr., frustrated Westbrook all evening and beat the Thunder 102-96 on Tuesday. Less than a week ago, Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points in a victory over Washington. “He’s a playmaker. We wanted to make sure he saw a crowd,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who used to coach Westbrook with OKC. “Not a lot of gaps, not a lot of openings.” Washington forward Markieff Morris gave his team a little less credit for Westbrook’s woes on this night, saying: “He missed a lot of shots. A whole lot of shots.” That is certainly true. Westbrook hit only 5 of 18 attempts and wound up with 10 assists, six rebounds and seven turnovers, then said he would “take ownership” for his team’s loss. He also was whistled for a technical foul in the second quarter and a flagrant foul in the third, when… Read full this story
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