NEWARK, N.J. â€” The third time was still a charm for the Thunder without Kevin Durant.
Playing the third game this season without its All-Star forward, the Thunder pushed its mark to 3-0 and had to go to triple-overtime to do it.
Pending All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook had 38 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and three steals, and forward Jeff Green added a career-high 37 points as the Thunder outlasted the New Jersey Nets 123-120 on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.
The number three also proved to be a charm for Westbrook and Green during the game itself.
Westbrook scored all 13 points the Thunder had in the third overtime, going 5 for 7 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line. He also led the Thunder in rebounds (two) and steals (one) in the last extra period.
â€œI was struggling throughout the whole game,â€ Westbrook said. â€œI was missing easy shots, free throws. I honestly thought I wasn't playing well. I just tried to finish the game and get us a win.â€
Meanwhile, Green had five three-point plays, converting 4 of 5 from 3-point range and three free throws with 4.6 seconds left in the second overtime to force the third extra period.
Green drew a three-shot foul on a 27-foot heave that nearly banked in â€” twice.
â€œThey tried to foul before I got the shot up, but I was able to still go though his arms and get it up,â€ said Green, who finished 9 for 9 at the line. â€œIt's very tough (hitting three straight free throws) â€¦ I tried to keep my composure.â€
It was the first triple-overtime game in the careers of Westbrook and Green.
â€œAnd I'm glad to be 1-0,â€ Westbrook said.
Durant missed the game with a sprained left knee he suffered Monday night against New Orleans.
He is listed as day-to-day. The Thunder plays at Toronto on Friday.
â€œThat's the target date,â€ Durant said of his hopeful return.
Wednesday's contest took three hours, 21 minutes to complete, had 19 lead changes and 13 ties.
Thunder-Nets box score