As soon as Russell Westbrook bumped knees with Kyle Lowry with 7:37 to go in the third quarter and left for the locker room, tonight’s game just felt a bit odd. It didn’t really feel like a game anymore, with all thoughts on the diagnosis of Westbrook’s injury.
Mid-way through the fourth, we learned that Westbrook sprained his right knee and won’t return.
Nonetheless, the Thunder still played a game tonight. And Kevin Durant wasn’t nice tonight. He played like the best player in the world tonight, finishing with 51 points and 12 rebounds, and hitting a dagger to win the game in double OT, 119-118.
Oklahoma City had the ball with 23 seconds to go tied at 96. However, a poor possession led to Derek Fisher heaving up a terrible shot, leading to OT. And in OT, KD took over. However, Toronto always seemed to have a response for a Thunder bucket, and played hard throughout both overtimes. Kyle Lowry’s three tied it up at 107 to force double OT. In the second overtime, the Thunder looked tired coming off a back-to-back and the Raptors took advantage of that. It looked like Toronto had the game, leading by as much as eight. But with a Derek Fisher three, and a few misses at the line by the Raptors, Kevin Durant hit a dagger to win the game and take a 119-118 lead.
Reggie Jackson came in and played arguably the best game of his career in the absence of Westbrook, posting his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. If the Thunder want to grab the one seed and make a push late without Westbrook, they will need games like these from Jackson.
I’m a little speechless right now, but Kevin Wayne Durant showed why he is the best player in the world tonight.
-Durant’s buzzer beater to end the first quarter was ridiculous.
-Defensive rebounding a HUGE concern right now. Through 14 minutes, the Raptors had six offensive rebounds, mainly in part of Tyler Hansbrough. The Raptors finished with 14 offensive boards.
-I love watch Dwayne Casey overreact. He seems like a character.