Thunder Rally to Beat Nuggets in Overtime
The Oklahoma City Thunder ended a three-game losing streak by rallying in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then beating the Denver Nuggets 132-129 on Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, with 36 points, 12 rebounds, and 18 assists, the most assists in the NBA this season.
32 of Westbrook’s 36 points came after halftime.
The Thunder trailed most of the game, and were down 11 with 4:28 to play in the fourth quarter.
OKC responded with a 17-5 run, and when Westbrook hit a jumper with 35 seconds left, the Thunder led 118-117.
OKC was up three when Jamal Murray was fouled by Steven Adams while shooting a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left.
Murray made all three free throws to tie the game at 122.
The Thunder still had a chance to win, but Westbrook had his layup blocked by Kenneth Faried with a second left, and the game went to overtime.
In OT, Jerami Grant hit a short jumper to give the Thunder a 124-122 lead.
OKC didn’t make another basket the rest of OT, but made their free throws to win 132-129.
Six Thunder players scored in double figures.
Victor Oladipo had 26 points.
Joffrey Lauvergne and Domantas Sabonis both hit three 3-pointers, with Lauvergne scoring 15 and Sabonis 13.
Enes Kanter had 11 points and Anthony Morrow 10.
The Thunder were 13 of 26 from three-point range, and the Nuggets nearly matched them, hitting 12 three-pointers.
Wilson Chandler had 32 points to lead Denver.
The Thunder improved to 9-8 on the season.
They’re next in action Saturday night, November 26, as they host the Detroit Pistons at 7:00 pm at Chesapeake Arena.