Inside one locker room sat a player who had just set a single-game franchise record for points scored, while four chairs away sat a teammate who had collected his first career triple-double with 25 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds.
And this was on the losing team.
Inside the victorious locker room across the hallway were teammates who scored 40-plus points in the same game for the second time this season — a feat that had never happened before in NBA history.
There's really no way to sufficiently detail the Thunder's heart-thumping 149-140 double-overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, so players became members of the mutual admiration society.
"They had to play perfect to the end," said Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea, the man with his first triple-double. "It took them two overtimes to beat us, and they're the best team in the West."
Minnesota power forward Kevin Love, who (allegedly) played center in place of injured starter Nikola Pekovic (sore left ankle), set the franchise record with 51 points, shooting 16 for 27 from the field, 7 for 11 from 3-point range, 12 for 16 from the free-throw line and also added 14 rebounds.
"As a team collectively, they did a good job," Love said of OKC. "That's why they're the top team in the West, they make things happen down the stretch."
Love and Barea heaped praise upon teammates while deflecting attention from themselves.
Love: "I'm proud of the guys. A lot of guys stepped up and played a hell of a game. We just came up short in the end."
Barea: "Kevin Love was a monster. He played amazing. He put us on his back. He gave us a chance to win, and that's what we want every night."
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, Love's close friend and former teammate at UCLA, finished with a career-high 45 points while fellow All-Star Kevin Durant added 40 points that included heroic 3-pointers in the closing seconds of regulation and the first overtime.
There also were some stout performances from backups on both sides.
Reserve forward Anthony Tolliver had 23 points and seven rebounds, while reserve guard Wayne Ellington had 12 points for the Timberwolves (23-26).
Reserve guard James Harden had 25 points, six assists and six rebounds, while reserve forward Nick Collison had 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and one huge overtime block against Love for the Thunder (36-12).
Love forced the first overtime by raining in a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.0 second left in regulation.
This came after Durant hit an indefensible, step-back 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left to give the Thunder a 116-113 lead.
With 10.1 seconds left in the first overtime, Durant hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to tie the score at 129.
OKC dominated the second overtime 20-11.
"Sometimes this game is crazy," Love said. "If we would have won, you would have looked at the other side and saw 45 and 40 in a loss. Everybody made plays when they counted. It was just a concerted effort from their team in that second overtime. The ball bounced their way with a little bit of luck, they made stops."
Making Minnesota's effort even more impressive was the fact it came on the final stop of a seven-game road trip that began March 12. In addition to missing Pekovic, the Timberwolves also were without rookie point guard sensation Ricky Rubio (out for season with torn ACL) and Michael Beasley (toe).
Despite Minnesota's obvious fatigue, Love said he and his teammates felt confident coming into the game.
"There's just something in my mind that every time I take the floor I feel we have the upper hand, regardless of who we're playing," Love said. "They're one of the top 2, 3, 4 teams in the NBA, the top team in the West, regardless who we play, we always feel like we can beat them."
It's hard to imagine a team losing despite having a 51-point scorer and a triple-double man.
"Against Oklahoma, that can happen," Barea said, forcing a smile. "They're a great team. They're going to keep coming."
Love said he found no solace in breaking Kevin Garnett's franchise record of 47 points.
"We needed this game," Love said. "This definitely could have been a driving force for us in these last 17 games. It's a tough loss … (It) just goes to show there's still a lot of fight left in us. We might be down, but we're not out."