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Durant Returns Home, Thunder Rally to Beat the Wizards in Overtime

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Kevin Durant returned to his hometown of Washington, D.C., and had 34 points, while Russell Westbrook added 32, with the game-tying and game-winning layups as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 105-103  in overtime on Wednesday night in the nation’s capital.

Trailing 92-90, OKC tied the game late in regulation on a layup by Westbrook off an assist from Steven Adams.

After an airball  jumper by Washington’s John Wall, the Thunder had a chance to win it in regulation, but Durant missed a 3-pointer and the game went to overtime tied at 92.

In OT, the game was tied at 103 with 3 seconds left when Westbrook drove all the way to the basket uncontested to get a layup to give OKC a 105-103 lead with less than a second to play.

Wall missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer and the Thunder had escaped with a two-point win.

OKC overcame a sluggish first half, and their worst quarter of the season occurred in the second.

The Thunder tied a season low with 12 points in the quarter and had a season low worst field goal percentage by making just four of 22 shots in the period.

But OKC rallied in the third quarter, trimming a 12-point halftime deficit to four after the third quarter, and finally took their first lead since very early in the game at 75-74 on a layup by Dion Waiters.

From there, it was Durant and Westbrook who led the way, scoring the final 16 points of the game for the Thunder.

Durant hit four 3-pointers and made 10 of 11 at the free throw line.

Westbrook added 8 rebounds and 8 assists to his point total.

Anthony Morrow was the only other Thunder player in double figures with 10 points.

Adams finished with a career high 20 rebounds and added 6 points.

The Wizards had all five starters in double figures, led by Nene Hilario, who had 24 points.

OKC improves to 22-20 on the season, and continues their five-game road trip on Friday night at Atlanta at 6:30.