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The Thunder fell to the Wizards Monday night 120-98. That 22-point disparity is a large number, but still two shy of the number of consecutive shots Oklahoma City missed in the game. 

That's right: 24 missed shots in a row. And equally shocking was Russell Westbrook going scoreless in the second half. He finished with 17 points on 5 of 19 shooting and was the only starter to score in double digits. 

The team as a whole didn't fair much better, hitting on 35.4% from the field. 

Westbrook spoke for only a moment in the locker room before hurrying out the door. But from his short answers it was clear that he faulted the Thunder, not the Wizards, for an incredibly cold night. 

"I was doing what I wanted, I just missed," he said. "We just didn't play hard."

"A lot of shots were open. I missed some chippies around the rim as well."

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he was concerned before the game that his team might experience a letdown after Saturday's difficult loss to Kevin Durant and the Warriors. 

"I don't know if I'd use the word 'hangover' but I think I made the comment before the game, someone asked me about the emotion part and I was worried about it," Donovan said.

"There was a lot going into that game [against the Warriors], it was something I think as a coach you always kind of have your antennas up to things that can get in the way of us playing well."

 

Shooting guard Victor Oladipo defended Westbrook in his postgame comments, laying blame at his own feet for a meager 6-point night.

"He's human, he can have a tough night, but the rest of us have to step up and play," Oladipo said. "Me personally, I feel like I owe it to this team and I owe it to myself to be prepared every night. Tonight I didn't do that, so I have to be better." 

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