Thunder Hold on to Beat 76ers in Triple Overtime in Philly
The Oklahoma City Thunder nearly blew another double digit lead on the road, but held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-117 in three overtimes on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, but had another poor shooting night, making just 10 of 33 shots from the field.
Westbrook finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds, and 15 assists, the last of which was a feed to Andre Roberson to give OKC the lead with nine seconds to play.
OKC survived a fourth quarter collapse, not scoring in the final five and a half minutes of the fourth and being outscored 11-0.
That’s after the Thunder had led by as many as 17 points in the first half, up 50-33 late in the second quarter.
Despite the late game collapse, the Thunder had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Paul George missed a shot to win it.
Philadelphia’s first lead came in the first overtime, but the Thunder came back to tie it on a Westbrook layup at 102-102.
Westbrook had a layup attempt blocked by Joel Embiid late in that overtime, then Dario Saric missed a shot to win it at the end of the first OT.
Tied late in the second overtime, Roberson missed a reverse layup that could have won the game, and it went to a third overtime tied at 111.
In the third overtime, Westbrook went coast-to-coast for a monster slam to put OKC up two, then after the 76ers tied it, hit a jumper to once again put the Thunder up two, 117-115.
Roberson’s layup made it 119-117, then Patrick Patterson sealed the win by blocking a 3-point attempt by J.J. Redic that could have won it.
Both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George had 24 points, with Anthony rediscovering his shooting touch, making 11 of 17 from the field.
George made just 8 of 23 from the field, but five of those eight makes were from 3-point range.
Raymond Felton came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.
The Thunder hit 43 percent from three-point range, making 15 three’s.
The 76ers hit 13 three-pointers, but made just 28 percent from beyond the arc.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 34 points.
The Thunder outrebounded the 76ers 60-50, but made just 10 of 19 free throws.
Earlier in the day, the 76ers unveiled a statue of Thunder assistant and former Philadelphia star Maurice Cheeks, outside the Sixers’ practice facility.
A video tribute to Cheeks was played at the Wells Fargo Center as well.
The Thunder have now won 17 straight games against the 76ers, and 9 in a row in Philadelphia.
OKC won their third straight road game to get .500 on the season at 14-14.
The Thunder finish their three-game road trip at New York on Saturday night at 6:30 central time.