The Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors put on another thrilling performance, this time with the Thunder winning 113-112 in overtime.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 34 points (a season-high for him), the last three of which came in exciting fashion. In the final 10 seconds overtime, Westbrook leapt across the court to get a Kevin Durant rebound, before tipping the ball to Thabo Sefalosha to keep it in bounds. Sefalosha fed it quickly back to Westbrook, who turned around behind the arc and drained the go-ahead three pointer. The Thunder home crowd went wild, and with .1 seconds left on the clock, Westbrook’s shot secured the win. Westbrook also has one rebound, five steals and seven rebounds on the night.
Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka each had a double-double for the Thunder: 25 points and 13 rebounds for Durant, and 18 points and 13 rebounds for Ibaka.
For Golden State, Stephen Curry led with 32 points and 11 boards. Harrison Barnes also had a highlight reel of a night, putting up 26 points, including a reverse layup with 45 seconds that at the time looked to be game-winner.
There were many dizzying moments in the game, including when Curry violently crossed Ibaka in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter when Thabo Sefalosha grabbed a critical defensive board to give OKC the shot with 40 seconds left.
Durant missed the subsequent shot, and Sefalosha fouled Lee under the basket. Lee got to go the charity stripe, missing the first free throw but making the second. it was a rough night for Lee overall, who went 2-for-12 on the night.
Westbrook’s game-winning shot was reminiscent of one that Andre Iguodala took two weeks ago when these teams played, but that time it secured the win at the buzzer for the Warriors.
It was a slower game, relatively speaking, than when these teams clashed then, but it was equally entertaining. Neither team led by double-digits, and there were 20 lead changes and 13 ties in the game.
The Thunder improved to 11-3 on the season and a perfect 8-0 at home. Golden State on the other hand is 9-8 on the season and is struggling a bit on the road, 4-6.
Oklahoma City next hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. ET.
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