Thunder face tough task in Washington

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( - The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the rise and will test their luck against the Washington Wizards Wednesday at the Verizon Center.

The Thunder have won three in a row and moved over the .500 mark (21-20) with a 94-86 victory against the Miami Heat Tuesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals, while Kevin Durant recorded 19 points, eight boards and eight assists in the win. Reggie Jackson posted 16 points off the bench for the Thunder, who shot 44.6 percent and scored 22 points off 21 Miami turnovers.

"We did a good job of playing together and running the offense," said Westbrook.

Oklahoma City is 9-13 on the road and will also visit Atlanta and Cleveland.

Meanwhile, the Wizards are coming off Monday's 111-76 demolition of the Philadelphia 76ers and were led by Marcin Gortat's 20 points and eight rebounds.

Kevin Seraphin scored 14 points off the bench, John Wall added 11 and 10 assists, and Nene ended with 12 points. The Wizards held the Sixers below 20 points in three of the four quarters and shot 55.6 percent. They made 7-of-14 from beyond the arc.

The Wizards have won two in a row after losing to Brooklyn last Friday in the opener of a home-and-home set and are 7-2 in the past nine games.

"If you take the game against Brooklyn out, we've had a pretty good stretch of games where we've played really good basketball and we just have to make sure we continue to play like this," said Gortat.

Washington is 18-5 at home and will start a four-game western jaunt Saturday against Portland, Denver, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Phoenix.

The Wizards suffered a 109-102 loss at Oklahoma City on Jan. 2, as Durant led the way with 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting. The Thunder have won three of the last four games in this series.