Westbrook and Durant Lead Thunder Rally To Beat Magic in Double OT
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant both scored more than 40 points to rally the Oklahoma City Thunder from an 18-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 139-136 in double overtime at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on Friday night, October 30.
Westbrook had 48 points and 11 rebounds, while Durant had 43 points and 12 rebounds to lead OKC, who trailed 93-75 after the third quarter.
The Thunder tied it up on a Durant 3-pointer in the final minute at 114-114.
The Magic responded when Victor Oladipo knocked down a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds to play to put Orlando up 117-114.
With time running down, Westbrook dribbled up court and banked in a 3-pointer from just inside half court to tie the game again at 117 with under a second to play in regulation.
In the first overtime, Orlando did not make a basket until Oladipo hit a 3 at the buzzer to tie it again at 126 and force a second overtime.
Oladipo had a triple double, with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The Thunder took control in the second OT, but Orlando still had a chance to tie it in the final seconds.
This time, Durant blocked Oladipo’s three-point attempt and OKC had secured their second win in as many games this season.
Other than Durant and Westbrook, only two other Thunder players scored in double digits, with D.J. Augustin scoring 12 and Enes Kanter 10 before he fouled out.
OKC outrebounded Orlando 62-49, but once again had turnover problems with 20 for the game.
After Serge Ibaka made the first basket of the game, the Thunder did not lead again until the first overtime.
OKC improves to 2-0 on the season and will host Denver on Sunday, November 1, at 6:00 at Chesapeake Arena.