Russell Westbrook sparks OKC Thunder in OT win over Dallas

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook had just eight points after the first 48 minutes of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Thursday night home game vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Westbrook then matched those eight points in the five minute overtime period as the Thunder beat the Mavs 111-105.

Westbrook finished with 16 points on 7-for-20 shooting in the game. He scored three field goals in overtime. The first was a backdoor pass he received for a layup. Then he hit a jumper in Dirk Nowitzki’s face. Then he made a big steal and fast break layup.

Kevin Durant led the way in regulation for the Thunder scoring 40 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Durant did not score in overtime.

Overtime would not have existed in this game if not for one of the more unlikely 3-point baskets you’ll ever see in an NBA game. Darren Collison caught a pass and shot it in one motion in midair as time expired in the fourth quarter to send the game into an extra frame.

Collison had a season-high 32 points to lead the Mavericks as he torched his former UCLA teammate Westbrook for most of the game.

The Thunder shot just 41.9 percent for the game but grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to help counteract the poor shooting night.

Serge Ibaka collected eight offensive rebounds for the Thunder and finished with 19 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks.

Kevin Martin provided an excellent lift from the bench with 18 points on 2-of-4 shooting from downtown.

The Thunder avoid the 3-game losing streak and are now currently tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the best record in the NBA.

OKC will play next on the road vs. James Harden and the Houston Rockets Saturday night.

Topics: Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder

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