It looked as if the Oklahoma City Thunder were going to roll over in this one, but a late surge pushed this game to the brink, only to see OKC ultimately fall to the Denver Nuggets 105-103 in dramatic fashion on Friday night.
With 0.2 seconds left in the game, Ty Lawson put up a cold-blooded shot inside the three-point arc, nailed it, and brought home the W to Denver.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder in scoring with 38 points–a season high for him–and Kevin Durant had 25 of his own.
For the Nuggets, Wilson Chandler came out incredibly hot, nailing 13 of 19 shots on the night,for 35 points.
Denver looked as if it would run away with this one early, leading the Thunder by at least 10 often, at various points in the game. In the second quarter, it took the Thunder more than four minutes to record a single bucket; meanwhile, the Nuggets were landing their shots and having their way on the court.
The Thunder trailed 85-75 going into the fourth quarter, but kicked it into overdrive and ultimately made it a game when Russell Westbrook nailed a pair of free throws to tie it at 91. To make things more climactic, the Thunder and Nuggets went tit for tat all the way down to the wire, when Durant tied it again–this time at 103–off a driving bank shot with 17.6 seconds left in the game.
It looked as if OKC was going to make an inspiring comeback, but Lawson had other plans.
With the win for Denver, the Nuggets improve to 2-0 against Oklahoma City and 25-3 at home. The Thunder on the other hand have dropped five of their last six road games; an interesting change of pace for a team that has played dominantly on the road this season.
the Thunder now hold a 42-16 record, 16-12 on the road. They will face the Los Angeles Clippers next, On Sunday, Mar. 3 at Staples Center.