Thunder Make History in Win Over Denver
The Thunder, though, finished. (Kevin) Durant powered in a dunk with seven seconds left to send it to overtime. (Russell) Westbrook drilled a free throw line jumper with 26 seconds left to ice it.
Said Durant, “A lot of people might talk about me getting 50, but Russell Westbrook carried us in overtime.”
Take it to those extra five minutes. Durant was completely gassed, so Westbrook stepped up, hitting a 3 to kick things off and then a couple jumpers to keep the Thunder in front. Then Durant found his legs again finishing a fast break layup and hitting all four of his free throws. Those two scored all 13 of OKC’s overtime points. Denver got their seven on two baskets from Arron Afflalo and one from Kosta Koufos. The Nuggets just didn’t know where to go for points. It wasn’t very hard for OKC to figure it out.
Here’s how wild this game was: Serge Ibaka has a triple-double — 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks — and it almost feels like a footnote. That’s Ibaka’s third double-digit block game of this season, in fact. (OKC is the first team EVER in NBA history to have a guy score 50, a guy score 40 and a guy finish with a triple-double.)
“He’s been phenomenal man,” Durant said. “It’s just been fun to watch. You might not believe me but at the end coach said to press up on Afflalo and let him go to the rim. That sounds kind of weird, right?”
But that’s an afterthought when you consider Westbrook and Durant did something nobody has done since (Scottie) Pippen and (Michael) Jordan (two teammates scoring 40 or more). Westbrook and Durant actually had more points than seven teams tonight. The Heat, who were fantastic in a win over Orlando, we beat by Westbrook and Durant 91-90. Are you following me here?