The Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off a very impressive comeback against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, winning 115-113 in the final seconds of the contest.
The Nuggets led the entire game until the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, when strong rebounding, tenacity and teamwork ultimately put the Thunder on top.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had extremely impressive performances on the night, putting up 38 and 30 points, respectively. Westbrook also achieved a double-double on the night, with 12 rebounds. Off the bench, Reggie Jackson had 14 points, including two clutch free throws late in the game.
For Denver, Ty Lawson led with 29 points and eight rebounds. J.J. Hickson and Randy Foye also had double-digit points, with 18 and 11 from each of them. The Nuggets’ bench contributed 42 points on the night.
The Nuggets looked to put this one away with ease, until the Thunder surged back late in the fourth quarter. Capitalizing on Denver mistakes–like the fact that the Nuggets missed 17 free throws, going 22 of 39 on the night from the charity stripe–allowed the Thunder to climb back into this one.
OKC also grabbed 30 boards on the night, 10 more than Denver did. It paid off for the Thunder when Westbrook grabbed a series of rebounds down the stretch that turned into made buckets for the Thunder.
The Thunder took their first lead of the night in the final five minutes of the game, though it and the Nuggets went back and forth for awhile, with the Thunder eventually leading by as many as five. In the final minute though, things got interesting.
Serge Ibaka got called for goaltending with seven seconds left, which cut the Thunder’s lead to two points. Then, Westbrook got fouled with six seconds left, and went to the line. He missed the first one but made the second to make it a three-point game.
A few seconds later, Derek Fisher fouled Lawson at half court, and Lawson made both free throws to make it a one-point game. On the next inbound, Fisher got fouled. He made both baskets to put OKC back up three.
In the final two seconds, Westbrook got called for a foul on Lawson which incited a smattering of boos from the home crowd, which felt that Lawson flopped. Lawson made the first free throw before intentionally missing the second one, and the ball went out of bounds on OKC.
Only two points separated these teams when Denver had a chance to win it all off the inbound, but a strong defensive effort from Ibaka denied a successful inbound, and Oklahoma City would get the win.
It was a thrilling final minute for OKC, who keeps its winning streak alive at home, 4-0.
With the win, the Thunder advance to 7-3 on the season. They host the Los Angeles Clippers next, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. ET.