PHILADELPHIA — All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 67 points in the Thunder's 116-109 overtime victory Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, but the two biggest baskets of the game might have come from two teammates who had combined for six points up to that point.
After leading by as many as 13 points against the Sixers before a crowd of 19,611 at Wells Fargo Center, the Thunder went stone cold in the final period and managed just 13 points in the final 12 minutes of regulation.
Through four quarters of play, “shooting” guards Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha had gone a combined 2 for 14 from the field and 0 for 8 from 3-point range.
Martin was 1 for 8 and 0 for 4. Sefolosha was 1 for 6 and 0 for 4.
“Oh, my. Oh, my. Oh, my. That's all I can say about that,” said Martin, who had shot 1 for 7 against Boston one night earlier.
After shooting 23.8 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, the Thunder (10-4) converted nothing but 3-point field goals and free throws in the overtime period.
*Durant started the barrage by burying a 25-footer to give OKC a 103-100 lead. He finished with 37 points on 22 shots, went 15 for 17 from the free-throw line and also had eight rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks.
*Martin curled in a 3-pointer with 2:01 left for a 106-100 lead. The shot doubled his point total to six. He added four rebounds and two steals.
*Westbrook buried a 26-footer with 1:24 left for a 109-102 lead. Westbrook had 30 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block.
*Sefolosha slammed the door with a 26-footer with 51.9 seconds left for a 112-104 lead. The shot also doubled his point total to six. He added five rebounds and three assists.
OKC shot 4 for 6 from the field in overtime, going 4 for 5 from 3-point range, and also went 6 for 6 from the free-throw line to score 18 points in the five-minute extra period.
“There were some open shots and we just knocked them down with confidence,” Westbrook said.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks repeatedly insists such moments are about the trust between his players.
“We trust each other, man,” Durant said. “We live and die with those shots. Make the right play and they (Martin and Sefolosha) came up big for us. It's all part of the game. You've got to have trust if you want to be a good team. These guys are in the NBA for a reason. They can play.”
Is this trust a spoken thing, or is it just there?
“With this team, I think we all know what we're capable of doing, night in and night out,” Martin said. “I think that's where the trust comes in, right there.”
The contest was perplexing from many directions.
The Sixers came in ranked 29th in field-goal percentage at .411, yet shot .500 against the Thunder in regulation and .495 for the game.
Philadelphia led the NBA is defensive points allowed at 90.9, yet the Thunder had scored 85 points through the first three quarters before going into a deep freeze.
“I think they finally just started making shots,” Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said. “When you give a guy a lot of looks, a lot of open looks, they're going to eventually start lining the ball up, knocking down shots, and that's what they did.”
The Thunder has an off day Sunday and will host the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at 7 p.m.