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Oklahoma City used a 44-point second quarter and never looked back as they thumped the Washington Wizards 134-111 on Friday night.

Jerami Grant had a career high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead the Thunder as the role players once again were clutch in the Thunder’s victory.

Oklahoma City now has won four in a row and are back to .500 at 4-4.

It was just an onslaught of threes in which the Thunder hadn’t showcased yet this season. The Thunder hit nine threes, almost as many as they hit in a game this season. The 46.9 percent 3-point shooting is the best Thunder long distance performance since March 18, 2018 against the Toronto Raptors.

Coming off a 19-point comeback on Thursday night, the legs were questionable coming into the game. However, all the Thunder did was carry over the momentum from the victory.

The 29-point halftime lead was only the fifth time in franchise history the Thunder led by 29 or more at the break. The 79 points at halftime were tied for the franchise record for points in a half.

The blow out continued in the second half. The Thunder pour it on and poured it on, never letting up. As we witnessed in the loss to Boston, the Thunder let their foot off the gas and couldn’t hit shots. That never happened tonight. The Thunder were aggressive and down right tenacious.

The Thunder went up by as many as 33 points in the third quarter and shot 57 percent for the game. They outrebounded the Wizards 38-30.

It’s wild to think the game was tied at 30-all. The Thunder would dominate and outscore the Wizards 49-20 the rest of the way.

“They got layups after layups, wide-open 3s,” Wall said. “They did whatever they wanted.”

The Thunder had season highs in points (134), assists (34), 3-pointers (15), field goal percentage (57 percent), 3-point percentage (46.9 percent), free throw percentage (80.8 percent) and opponent free throw makes (14).

An Oklahoma City team averaging 109 points this season was already at 110 after three quarters.

George wound up with 17 points to surpass 10,000 for his career, and Grant scored 22.

The Thunder have three days of rest until their next game, which is Monday at home against the Pelicans. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Keys to the Game

Shooting: A+

Oklahoma City shot 57 percent from the field and almost 47 percent from three. The Thunder had a nice dosage of efficiency shooting when they needed it the most. Oklahoma City gets three days off to rest before playing the Pelicans. They’ll need it for NOLA coming to town. They’ve earned it.

Free Throws: A

Oklahoma City shot over 80 percent for the first time this season. Shooting 80 percent is pretty exceptional for a season. It’s something you’d like to see 60 percent of your games. The Thunder need to continue and be consistent at the line. No one missed more than one tonight. That’s a start.

Fouling: A

Oklahoma City only committed 20 fouls, a new season low for the club. Oklahoma City allowed only 18 free throw attempts for the Wizards. The Thunder aren’t going to be able to allow that low of attempts every game but it’s nice to see it pop up every now and then. If Oklahoma City can keep their opponents attempts below 25 per game, that would be best.

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