Thunder Survive Knicks’ Upset Bid With Overtime Win at Garden
The Oklahoma City Thunder got a season high 44 points from Kevin Durant and rallied late in the fourth quarter to force overtime before beating the New York Knicks 128-122 at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday night, January 26.
Durant scored 29 of his 44 points after halftime, and made four 3-pointers and went 16 of 18 at the free throw line, plus added 14 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds, including a pair of baskets in overtime, the last of which put OKC up by three, 122-119.
The Thunder trailed by as many as 11 early in the fourth quarter, but heated up and started to get some defensive stops.
OKC went on a 10-0 run to take the lead 106-104 lead when Durant got a one-handed slam.
The Knicks led 113-111 in the final half minute when Durant got a mid-range jumper to fall with 16 seconds left to tie the game.
New York had a chance to win in regulation, but Arron Afflalo missed a jumper in the corner that would have won it.
The Thunder never trailed in the overtime, getting a layup from Westbrook to start the period.
Both teams made 11 3-pointers and both shot just over 46 percent from the field overall.
OKC had a big edge on the boards, outrebounding the Knicks 59-42.
The Thunder got double figure scoring from Serge Ibaka and Cameron Payne, who both scored 12 points.
Andre Roberson did not play in the game after suffering a sprained knee on Sunday against Brooklyn.
He’s expected to miss at least three weeks.
Steven Adams returned to the starting lineup after missing the Brooklyn game with an elbow injury, and had 9 points and 8 rebounds.
OKC split the two-game season series with New York after losing to the Knicks at Chesapeake Arena in November.
The Thunder improve to 34-13 on the season and will conclude their four-game road trip Wednesday night, January 27 at Minnesota at 7:00 pm.