Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Thunder: John Wall outshines Kevin Durant in 96-81 win

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards' All Star outplayed the Oklahoma City Thunder's MVP candidate in a huge home win to get back to .500.

We've known a motivated John Wall is a thing to behold for awhile now, but man.

Wall played maestro on both ends of the court in leading the Washington Wizards to a 96-81 win Saturday over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who entered the contest on a 10-game winning streak. Wall scored 17 points to go with 15 assists, six steals and only two turnovers. He hounded Reggie Jackson all night, forcing the Thunder's point guard into 6-of-17 shooting and eight turnovers.

While Washington's All Star was dominating, Oklahoma City's MVP-favorite was having a (for him) pretty ho-hum game. Kevin Durant led the Thunder in scoring with 26 points, but he shot only 8-for-21 after spending the entire month of January as hot as we've seen any NBA player in history. Credit Trevor Ariza, who also led the Wizards with 18 points, with defending Durant about as well as you can do it.

Washington got great play from all their starters aside from Bradley Beal, who struggled with his shot and still hasn't found a way to consistently contribute when he jumper isn't falling. Marcin Gortat notched a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Nene pitched in 17 points, which included a couple thunderous dunks and a dagger three-pointer (yep) towards the end of the game with the shot clock winding down.

The Wizards are back at .500, with the Portland Trail Blazers coming to town Monday. Should be fun.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamersidebar) | AP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Wiz of AwesDC Pro Sports ReportWizards.comMonumental NetworkDaily Wizdom

Road team recaps: Welcome to Loud City (recapWall vs. Jackson feature) | The Oklahoman (gamersidebar) | Thunderous IntentionsNews9Thunder.comSportige

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealTrevor ArizaNeneMarcin GortatKevin Durant

KEY STATS

21 - Thunder turnovers against the Wizards, leading to 23 points for Washington.

38 - Durant's shooting percentage against the Wizards, after shooting 61.1 percent during the Thunder's 10-game winning streak.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

1. Good hedge here by Nene 2. THIS GUY SHOULD BE STARTING PG FOR THE EAST 3. Zoinks.

GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

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