Anthony Davis Beats Buzzer and Thunder With 3-Pointer
Anthony Davis hit a double-clutch 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
Davis had 41 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans, countering a career high 48 points from Russell Westbrook, who became the first player in the NBA this season to have back-to-back 40-point games.
Westbrook nearly had a triple double, with 11 assists and 9 rebounds.
Kevin Durant returned to the OKC lineup after missing four of his last five games with a sprained toe.
Durant had 27 points, but made just 9 of 26 from the field and 3-for-10 from 3-point range.
Tyreke Evans did have a triple double for the Pelicans, with 22 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder looked like they might pull away to win easily, building a 12-point lead in the third quarter.
New Orleans responded with a 24-5 run into the fourth quarter to take the lead by seven.
When Davis scored on alley-oop slam the Pelicans led 107-100.
A pair of Durant three-pointers trimmed the Pelicans lead to one, 109-108.
Trailing 111-110 in the final 30 seconds, Durant had two chances to give OKC the lead and missed both.
He missed a jumper, then after New Orleans got the rebound, the Pelicans threw the ball away, with Durant stealing a pass.
He attempted a runner in the lane but missed that and the Pelicans got the rebound, making two free throws to take a 113-110 lead.
With 2 seconds left, OKC had a chance to tie, but Westbrook missed a three-pointer.
He was fouled on the play by Quincy Pondexter, and Westbrook made all three free throws to tie the game at 113.
That left 1.2 seconds left, which is all Davis needed to become the hero with a 3-pointer to win it.
The three was the first of the season for Davis, and just the third of his career.
The Thunder drop to 25-25 on the season, and lose the season series to New Orleans 3-1.
The Pelicans are now two games ahead of OKC for ninth place in the Western Conference standings.
The Thunder host the L.A. Clippers on Sunday at noon at Chesapeake Arena.