Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points–and is the first player in the NBA to score 50 this season–in Oklahoma City’s 117-114 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Equally as incredible as his 52 total points is the fact that Durant made all 21 of his free throws on Friday night. He played absolutely lights-out, and his effort ultimately made the difference in this contest.
Oklahoma City looked to put Dallas away early, talking a 53-46 lead at the half. But the Mavericks had other plans, and they surged back in an effort spear-headed by Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki who caught fire in the second half. OKC blew a 14-point lead after controlling the game for three quarters, and looked as if they were on the verge of losing for the first time in 28 games.
The Thunder led by three with 2.5 seconds left in regulation time when the Mavericks’ O.J. Mayo drilled a cold-blooded triple in the face of Serge Ibaka to tie it at 105 and send it into overtime. With five extra minutes, the Thunder were able to pull away thanks to none other than Durant, who hit the go-ahead jumper with 16 seconds left to go.
Russell Westbrook helped out OKC with 31 points, while Serge Ibaka had 14.
For Dallas, Carter led the team with 29 points, a season-high effort, and Nowitzki had 18.
The Oklahoma City Thunder advance to 32-8 on the season, and take on the Denver Nuggets again on Sun., Jan. 20.