Westbrook 3 Wins It Over Warriors
Russell Westbrook hit a 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 113-112 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder had to rally in the final minutes of regulation to win their sixth straight game.
OKC trailed by nine midway through the third quarter, but Westbrook kept the Thunder from getting too far behind, finishing the game with 34 points.
The Warriors continued to hold the lead most of the way, continually hitting big shots from Stephen Curry, who led Golden State with 32 points and added 11 rebounds.
Kevin Durant didn’t make a basket in the third quarter, but had 15 of his 25 points after the third quarter.
Serge Ibaka had a double-double, with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and it was Ibaka who initially had a chance to tie the game at 112 in the waning seconds of overtime.
Ibaka missed a 15-footer, but Thabo Sefolosha made a save on the baseline to Westbrook, who turned to look at the clock, then spun back to the baseline and tossed in the three-pointer to win it for OKC.
Kendrick Perkins had to leave the game late in the second quarter with a dislocated finger.
Harrison Barnes scored a career high 26 points for Golden State.
OKC improves to 11-3 with the win, and will finish their six-game homestand on Sunday night against Minnesota at 6:00.