Postgame: Thunder 116 Sixers 109
Saturday, November 24, 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Andy Jasner, for NBA.com
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:06 PM - Updated Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:06 PM
THE FACTS: Kevin Durant scored a season-high 37 points, Russell Westbrook dropped in 30 and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 116-109 in overtime Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Serge Ibaka added 18 points and Nick Collison had 14 for the Thunder, who improved to 10-4.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 29 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. Evan Turner scored 26 points and Jason Richardson had 13. The Sixers lost their second consecutive game and fell to 7-6.
QUOTABLE: "I like the fact that we continued to trust each other."
-- Thunder coach Scott Brooks on an 18-point outburst in overtime after missing their final seven shots in regulation.
THE STAT: Ibaka had nine rebounds, eight on the offensive glass.
TURNING POINT: The Thunder took over in overtime thanks to their deft 3-point shooting. Four different players hit a trey in overtime -- Durant, Westbrook, Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha.
HOT: Collison was 5-for-6 from the field while Ibaka knocked down 8-for-12. For the Sixers, Turner was stellar offensively, going 10-for-17.
NOT: Jrue Holiday missed eight of his 11 shots, including all three from beyond the arc.
QUOTABLE II: "Nobody in the league plays perfect games, but we'd like to be more consistent."
-- Thunder's Nick Collison
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Durant had 37 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocked shots. He was 15-for-17 from the free-throw line. Just another All-Star caliber night for the young standout.
INSIDE THE ARENA: There was quite a lively atmosphere inside the arena for the Thunder, who advanced to the NBA Finals last season. Aside from the Thunder being a strong draw, the crowd of 19,611 erupted with a standing ovation when former Sixers star Julius Erving presented the game ball. Erving is currently working as a strategic advisor for the Sixers. Boxer Bernard Hopkins also attended the game and received a nice ovation.
QUOTABLE III: "We got shots we wanted. We didn't convert them."
-- Sixers' Jrue Holiday
GOOD MOVE: Despite struggling with their shooting, the Thunder kept running their offense in overtime. That means passing the ball around the perimeter and taking good shots. It worked with four huge 3-pointers and 18 points overall.
BAD MOVE: The Sixers rushed their offense in overtime. They took several ill-advised shots early in the shot clock and it led to points on the other end for the Thunder.
ROOKIE WATCH: Oklahoma City guard Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones didn't play. For the Sixers, guardMaalik Wayns played 6:23 and missed his only shot while forward Arnett Moultrie was a DNP-CD.
NOTABLE: The Sixers announced that injured center Andrew Bynum will be out indefinitely. Bynum has bone bruises on both knees along with weakened cartilage in both knees. "The bottom line here is Andrew is out indefinitely," general manager Tony DiLeo said. "We don't know when Andrew will be back. Only Andrew can answer that question." ... Richardson sprained his left ankle and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Suns. ... Holiday had 13 assists, including a floor-record tying 10 in the first half. ... Durant had just eight points in the first half but wound up with 37. He has scored 30 or more points in four of his eight career games against the Sixers. ... The Thunder have scored 110 or more points in four of the last five games. ... Young recorded his second straight double-double after posting only one all of last season. ... Oklahoma City committed 12 turnovers and it entered the game averaging 17. ... It was the second overtime win in the last three games for the Thunder.