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Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder, Warriors produce another November classic

Can I interest anyone in a Thunder-Warrior playoff series? Two games this season, two November classics.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 29, 2013


The ball went sailing out of bounds, and so did Thabo Sefolosha. Because a game this good, already into overtime, couldn't end just quite yet.

The Thunder was down two points to the Warriors, their suddenly new nemesis, and the seconds burning away quickly.

Sefolosha leapt toward the baseline seats, where he eventually crash landed. But not before grabbing the precious jewel, his back to the court, and then flipping the ball over his shoulder with his right hand, a difficult maneuver that would hyperextend a mortal's elbow.

Instead, it hyperextended the game another four seconds.

Which is all Russell Westbrook needed to catch the ball, twist away from Harrison Barnes and nail a corner 3-pointer with a tenth of a second left, lifting the Thunder to a 113-112 overtime victory Friday night.

And speaking of hyperextension, can I interest anyone in a Thunder-Warrior playoff series?

Two games this season, two November classics. The Warriors beat the Thunder 116-115 two weeks ago in Oakland, on Andre Iguodala's baseline fadeaway shot at the buzzer. Westbrook had given the Thunder a lead with a deadeye 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left.

What goes around comes around. It's as if the basketball gods declared this series deserved to be even.

“You can tell, this is something starting to build up really cool between us two.” Kevin Durant said.

The drama left Scotty Brooks speechful. Foreman Scotty is usually plain vanilla on any subject with the cameras rolling, but he was loquacious Friday night.

“You love this game for these type of moments,” Brooks said. “So many good moments, I can't wait to watch it (on video) tonight … that's why we're in this. For moments that last forever.”

The Thunder and Warriors certainly make for some great theater.

“It makes you ready for the playoffs,” said OKC's Reggie Jackson. “If we could just go ahead and call it a wrap on the season and go ahead and meet them in the playoffs, that will be even more fun.”

It could happen. And if it does, get plenty of rest. You won't want to miss a second.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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