Mar 21, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles down the court against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook Leaves Game Early, Durant comes to the Rescue in Thunder Double OT Win

Mar 21, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and forward Serge Ibaka (9) tend to guard Russell Westbrook (0) who reacts after sustaining an injury against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Extra notes:

-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.

Tags: Kevin Durant Kyle Lowry Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Injury Toronto Raptors

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