Thunder Escape Suns in Overtime
The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed Kevin Durant back to the lineup and beat the Phoenix Suns 137-134 in overtime on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
Durant had a season high 44 points, and added 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
Russell Westbrook had 20 points, and was ejected after receiving two technical fouls late in the first half.
The first one came when Westbrook tried to tie up Alex Len, and it resulted in both players throwing elbows.
Moments later, Westbrook drove for a layup and drew a foul, then yelled towards the Suns bench, earning him another technical and an automatic ejection.
In overtime, Anthony Morrow hit his only basket of the game, a 3-pointer, plus the foul to put the Thunder up 134-130.
OKC built the lead to six in OT, but the Suns answered and cut the deficit to two.
In the final seconds, trailing by two, Phoenix had a chance to take the lead, but Markieff Morris missed a 3-pointer to take the lead.
Morris had 25 points.
Phoenix was led by 29 points from Eric Bledsoe.
Durant hit six of the Thunder’s 11 points and was 12-for-12 from the free throw line.
The Suns hit 13 three-pointers and made 51 percent overall from the field.
The Thunder improved to 16-17.
OKC will be home again Friday night to host Washington at 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena.