The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 122-121 on Wednesday night, getting a shot from Jeff Green at the buzzer.
By Darnell Mayberry - Staff Writer •
Modified: January 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm •
Published: January 22, 2009
/articleid/3339822/1/pictures/536696"> Referee Derek Richardson counts the last two points of the game as Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, center, and Jeff Green celebrate Green's game-winning basket against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth period of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
“We know what everybody is saying about us, but we know what type of team we are. We’re not the team that our record is. We’re a much better team. And I think things are starting to turn around for us and we’re going to get better.”
The Thunder went against everything Brooks instructed before the game, allowing the Warriors to play at their customary fast-paced tempo and turn it into a jump-shooting contest.
Golden State took a six-point lead into the final period after scoring a season-high 95 points after three quarters. The Warriors shot 52 percent for the game despite playing without injured starting center Andris Beidrins and regulars Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli.
But the Thunder matched the Warriors high-scoring act, which was led by a combined 76 points from trio Crawford, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette.
Westbrook scored a game-high 30 points to go with seven assists, and Kevin Durant added 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Westbrook’s hanging 10-foot jumper gave the Thunder a 120-119 lead with 41.6 seconds remaining.
But had it not been for Green, Crawford’s late basket would have added him to a list that includes Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Mike Miller and Matt Barnes as players who’ve shocked the Thunder with game-winners inside the final 30 seconds.
“It always feels good to end the game on a buzzer beater,” said Durant. “It was a fun game, an exciting game, and I’m glad we came out on top.”