SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the second time in two weeks, Thunder forward Jeff Green supplied a last-second miracle. This time, it only forced overtime. This time, it wasn’t enough to produce a win. Following Green’s unusual 3-point play at the end of regulation Sunday afternoon, some of the estimated 6,500 fans at ARCO Arena left early for Super Bowl parties. They missed the Kings’ 122-118 win that snapped an eight-game losing streak. "The first three quarters was just an offensive show,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "In order to play winning basketball, we’ve got to play defense. We did not do that until the fourth quarter. It’s very upsetting. We’ll come back and focus on defense the next couple of days.” Green’s buzzer-beater at Golden State 10 days earlier produced a dramatic win. This time, his last-second heroics weren’t enough. Trailing 112-109 with 3.6 seconds left in regulation, Earl Watson won a jump ball on Sacramento’s end of the court. Following a timeout, the Kings fouled Green, knowing two free throws couldn’t tie the game. Green executed perfectly. He drained the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. Green bolted into the lane for the rebound and tossed in a seven-foot basket with 1.0 left to tie it. "The first one was a big make,” Brooks said. "If he misses that one, it’s almost impossible to tie the game. It’s not anything we diagram. Fortunately for us, the ball bounced our way.” Green might have left the free-throw line a little early but got the desired result. "It worked to perfection,” Green said. "I just put it up there, and it came right back to me. With three seconds left, I hurried to put it back up, and it went in.” The Thunder’s three young stars — Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Green — combined for 95 points, which was more than half of what six NBA teams scored on Sunday. "We have enough offense,” Brooks said. "Those three had an incredible offensive performance, but it means nothing if we don’t stop them from scoring on the other end. For three quarters, we let them play with a lot of freedom and lanes and angles to the basket.” Led by Kevin Martin’s game-high 37 points, the Kings won for the first time in three weeks. "There’s no magic way to guard Kevin Martin,” said Nick Collison, who had a double-double. "He’s a good player. We let him get too many things cutting to the basket. With a guy like that you want to make him score over (an outstretched) hand. He had too many easy ones.” The game was tied 15 times. There were 10 lead changes. The Thunder’s final lead was 107-106 with 2:29 left in regulation, but Oklahoma City tied the game at 112, 114 and 116. In the end, the Kings won a shootout. "Games like this, we have to find a way to pull out the win,” said Durant. "We have to find ways to get stops at the end of games. In this league, it’s tough if you’re not getting stops. We have to help each other more, talk more, do the small things.”
For the fifth time this season an opponent ended an extended losing streak against the Thunder.