Game Recap: Thunder 115, Warriors 114 in OT

News and notes following the Thunder’s 115-114 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors:

  • With the win in OT the Thunder becomes just the fifth team in NBA history to win eight overtime games in a season. Oklahoma City is now 8-1 in overtime games in 2010-11. The Thunder is now 13-2 in March and with the win moves a step closer to the Northwest Division title. Oklahoma City leads Denver by five games with nine left to play, two of those against the Nuggets.
    “We got the win,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks, “We fought back in overtime and made plays down the stretch, but we have to do a much better job of execution.”
  • The Thunder led 106-100 with just :13.5 to play but Golden State got a 3-pointer from Reggie Williams to get it down to 106-103 then Monta Ellis stole the inbounds pass and hit a three ball to tie the game.
    “That’s not the way we’d like to execute down the stretch. I should have called a timeout after that first three,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks. “When you give up six points like that in a couple seconds we could have hung our heads but we kept fighting and battling and got the big stop at the end of overtime.”
  • The Thunder defense forced Monta Ellis into two misses at the end of the overtime period to earn the win.
    “It was an ugly win,” Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook admitted, “but we’ll take it. We just gotta keep playing there at the end of games. A lot of guys made key plays toward the end of the game with good blocks and good rebounds”
  • Kevin Durant had a big offensive night scoring 39 points on 13-for-23 shooting, including 3-for-5 on 3-pointers.
    “It felt good,” he said after the game, “I’ve been working hard and stuck with it. I was in a little slump but shots started falling and my teammates started to look for me. I’m glad we got the win. It was tougher than it needed to be but it was still a win.”
  • Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks came into the game wanting to limit Golden State’s offensive rebounds and in the first half the Thunder did a great job holding the Warriors to just four. The Thunder out-rebounded Golden State overall in the first half 20-14. For the entire game Oklahoma City out-rebounded the Warriors 52-42. On the offensive glass both teams grabbed eight.
  • Kevin Durant got off to a good start scoring 15 points in the half on 6-for-9 shooting.
  • The Thunder hit four of their first five 3-point attempts including back-to-back 3’s from James Harden and Kevin Durant to start the second quarter.
  • Durant nails a 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the third quarter to give OKC a one point lead.
  • Before the game Thunder All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook along with team trainer Joe Sharp were given their World Championship rings from USA Basketball.
  • Former Thunder star Desmond Mason was among the sell-out crowd.

PLAYS THE BOX SCORE WON’T SHOW: Russell Westbrook starts the game with a little floater in the lane, a shot we haven’t seen form him before...Nazr Mohammed and Serge Ibaka stuff the lane and block a Golden State shot triggering a Thunder fast break. Durant scores at the other end...Ibaka forces a bad shot from Warriors guard Monta Ellis leading to another Thunder fast break. Westbrook dishing to KD for the points this time...Durant grabs the Thunder’s first offensive rebound on a miss by Serge Ibaka and he scores on the putback...Westbrook steps into the passing lane and intercepts a pass from Steph Curry starting a Thunder a fast break...Nice screen by Kendrick Perkins late in the second quarter to spring Durant into the lane, he then feeds a wide open Serge Ibaka on the baseline for the layup...Good way to close out the half as Durant goes high to block a shot by Monta Ellis and then on the next Golden State possession Thabo Sefolosha gets up in Ellis’ grill and forces a bad shot at the buzzer...Perkins with a block to start the second half on a shot from Steph Curry...Serge Ibaka schools Warriors rookie Epke Udoh with a back door cut to the basket. Westbrook finds him for the bucket...Nice spin move by KD to avoid a steal attempt by Monta Ellis...then at the other end Durant, playing solid defense, forces Ellis to miss a shot...James harden with a big steal at mid-court, he leads a fast break and scores bringing the sell-out crowd to its feet...Great no-look alley-oop pass from Eric Maynor to Kevin Durant for the jam and an seven point Thunder lead halfway through the fourth...Careless pass by David Lee back to Monta Ellis James Harden swipes it and races away to the other end for a tomahawk jam...Ibaka with a big offensive rebound off a Harden miss to keep a Thunder possession alive in the fourth quarter...Westbrook corrals a Curry miss with just seconds left then is fouled and hits both shots to give the Thunder a six point lead with 0:13.5 left in the game...Ibaka alters a shot to start overtime forcing a miss, Westbrook grabs the rebound and leads the fast break dishing to KD for a 3-pointer...great defense at the end of overtime to force two Monta Ellis misses.

STATS WORTH REPEATING: The Thunder scored 54 points in the paint and 34 fast break points...Oklahoma ity out-rebounded Golden State 52-42 and held their own on the offensive glass tying the Warriors with eight apiece...Kendrick Perkins pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds...Russell Westbrook came close to his fourth triple-double with 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds...Kevin Durant had a game high 39 points on 13-for-23 shooting and 3-for-5 from long range. This is the 26th game this season KD has hit for 30 or more. The Thunder is 21-5 in those games.

LAST WORD: “We’re maturing as a group,” Durant said as he was leaving for the airport, “We’re a resilient team and we’ve been through a lot of overtime games so we know what it takes. We stayed positive and it helped us out.”

UP NEXT: The Thunder hit the road for a four game swing out west. Phoenix is the first stop Wednesday night. Tip-off against the Suns is set for 9PM and you can watch all the action on Fox Sports Oklahoma or listen in on the Thunder Radio Network.