(Phoenix, AZ) —
The Phoenix Suns jumped out to a huge lead, then had to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder rally to tie the game late, before the Suns hung on for a 117-113 win in overtime Thursday night in Arizona. The victory overshadowed another incredible game for Thunder all-star Russell Westbrook, with his 2nd consecutive “triple double”. Westbrook finished with 39 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists but it took him the most shots in a single game he’s ever taken in his career … to get there. The sensational point guard launched 38 shots on the night, finding a home on a dozen of ’em, but he was fabulous at the foul line to record his staggering numbers once again.
However, late in the OT, with his team trailing by a basket, Westbrook drove around and through the Suns defense for what looked like another game-tying layup which would’ve forced a second overtime. But on the way up, Westbrook stepped on one Phoenix player’s foot, which limited Westbrook’s leap and he came up short on his reverse try, while the Suns rebounded and eventually P.J. Tucker hit a couple of FT’s on the other end to seal the victory. Phoenix had lost 5 consecutive games while the Thunder was riding a 7-game win streak.
OKC shot a miserable 21% in the opening quarter and trailed 25-15 after the first period, but they scored 33 points in the second quarter to make it close at halftime. They fell behind again midway through the final quarter before going on a big spurt down the stretch to force overtime, tied at 109, on an incredible Westbrook lay-up, foul, and free throw.
Besides Westbrook, center Enes Kanter had 18 points, Dion Waiters tossed in 16 off the bench, D.J. Augustin had 13 in relief and Serge Ibaka scored 13 as well. But the Thunder fell to 32-26 on the season facing another game Friday night in Oregon against the Portland Trailblazers at 9:30pm Oklahoma time.