Ugh. Losses do not come any more devastating than that one. It is really a shame, ruining a night where Russell Westbrook was on another planet. He was that good.
After controlling the game until the end of the third quarter, the Pelicans went on a 14-0 run to end the third and begin the fourth quarter, and things looked bleak for the Thunder.
After struggling for most of the final period, Kevin Durant hit two three-pointers down the stretch to bring OKC to within one. Tyreke Evans missed two free throws with 17 seconds left, but the Thunder could not capitalize. Durant missed two good looks, and the energy was zapped out of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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After Anthony Davis made two free throws, Westbrook was fouled with one second left on a three-pointer. Westbrook, of course, made all three free throws to tie the game.
The crowd was buzzing, and it felt as it there was no way the Thunder could lose in overtime. Then, Davis made one of the most unbelievable, double clutch three pointers you will ever see to win the game.
“Double-teamed, double-clutch three-ball to win the game? You got to tip your hat to him,” Durant told the Oklahoman’s Anthony Slater after the game.
Even though OKC came up short, lets not forget what a magnificent game Westbrook had. He finished with 48 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and like the box score indicates, did absolutely everything for the Thunder tonight. In the fourth quarter when Durant struggled form the field, Westbrook took over and willed the Thunder back into the ballgame.
Durant had 27 points, but was just 9-of-26 from the field. Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka both had 10 points for the Thunder. The Pelicans were led by Davis, who had a monster game with 41 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Evans, who has killed the Thunder in the past, did it again tonight with an impressive triple double. He finished with 22 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds.
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Last 3 players with 45 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast in consecutive games: Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant and Wilt Chamberlain (via @EliasSports).
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 7, 2015
- When is Reggie Jackson going to realize jump shots are not his strength? He is three of his last 18 from downtown, and 15 of those probably grazed the front of the rim.
- Westbrook has taken full advantage of Jrue Holliday‘s absence in the last two games, with 93 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds.
- Westbrook is the third player since ’85-86 to have a game of 48 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds.
- Ibaka had seven points through one quarter. He finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.
- Hey, Roberson had a pretty clutch layup in the final 3o seconds.
- The Thunder bench got called for a technical for coming onto the court and celebrating after they thought the Pelicans called a timeout. I have never seen that before.
- OKC was on the wrong side of two goaltending calls… And lost by three. Ouch.
- That 3-pointer Davis made… That was his FIRST THREE OF THE YEAR. Go figure.
- Here is Davis’ three, just in case anybody wants to watch it again.
- Next game: vs. Los Angeles Clippers February 8, 12 p.m. CST on ABC.