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