Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 64 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat the Golden State Warriors on the road 119-116 Tuesday night.
The individual headlines really belonged to Golden State though who got a career-high 48 points from Monta Ellis and a triple-double from David Lee.
Ellis had 40 points around halfway through the third and Westbrook did a nice job on him the rest of the game. Daequan Cook started out on Ellis still starting for the injured Thabo Sefolosha and Ellis took advantage and got into a nice rhythm early on.
Lee had six points, five assists and eight rebounds at halftime and would go on to finish with a 25-10-11 stat line.
The Thunder needed 44 and 43 minutes from Durant and Westbrook to pull this one off as the two really turned it on late in the fourth. They combined for the final eight Thunder points in the last two minutes of the game.
Durant made the biggest shot banking in an 18-footer with 14 seconds left to put the Thunder up 117-116.
The Warriors got a decent look from three on the following possession but Ellis couldn’t get it to fall and Westbrook stepped up on the other end and hit two free throws to seal the deal for Oklahoma City.
Durant added seven assists and 10 rebounds to his 33-point effort while Westbrook also had seven assists but included nine turnovers.
James Harden played well scoring 19 points and dishing out seven assists while hitting three threes. Cook was also right from downtown making 5-of-6 from distance.
The two teams combined to shoot excellent from three-point land in the game with a 50 percent combined mark after three quarters and 20 total threes in the game.
The Thunder improve to 20-5 on the year and will play at Sacramento (9-16) Thursday, Feb. 9 on TNT for their next game.