Third overtime is a charm as Thunder beats Nets

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.
By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm •  Published: December 1, 2010

> "That's a lot of basketball," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

How many times did Brooks think his team had it won, and how many times did he think his team had lost?

“A lot, and a lot,” Brooks deadpanned. “I tell our guys all the time, 'You never quit. You just keep playing.' ”

It was the first triple-overtime victory in franchise history, dating back to 1967 in Seattle and snapping an 0-4 run.

The franchise's last triple-overtime game was 20 years ago exactly, a 130-124 loss to Portland in Seattle on Dec. 1, 1990.

Serge Ibaka fouled out in 30 minutes, James Harden had five fouls, while Krstic, Sefolosha and Westbrook had four each. Could the Thunder have gone a fourth overtime, if necessary?

“Um, no,” Brooks said with a smile. “It would have been interesting.”

While the Thunder was without the league's leading scorer in Durant, the Nets were without starting point guard Devin Harris, who also had a strained left knee.

Jordan Farmar replaced Harris in the lineup, and with several Thunder players and Nets fans shaking their heads in disbelief, Farmar erupted for a career-high 28 points, plus nine assists. Center Brook Lopez had 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Westbrook converted two free throws with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to give the Thunder a 93-90 lead.

Undrafted shooting guard Anthony Morrow responded by hitting a game-tying, 28-footer off one foot over Thabo Sefolosha at the final buzzer to send the game into its first overtime. Morrow finished with 25 points.

“It was tough to watch,” Durant said. “It's one of those games where you're pulling your hair out, but it was fun the watch.”

Thunder-Nets box score