Three different people took responsibility for 4.2 seconds of chaos that nearly cost the Thunder a win Tuesday night. Scott Brooks. Daequan Cook. And Kevin Durant. The final score might have confirmed that the Thunder sidestepped what would have been a stunning defeat and ultimately sealed a 115-114 overtime victory over Golden State. But to that trio, those 4.2 seconds were inexcusable, and it laid out another area where this playoff-bound but still-growing bunch must improve. It happened in the closing seconds of regulation. With the Thunder on the verge of victory, holding a six-point lead with 13.5 seconds remaining, Warriors forward Reggie Williams hit a quick 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds showing. As Cook tried to inbound the ball, Warriors guard Monta Ellis stole a pass intended for Durant and buried a game-tying trey from the left corner with 6.9 ticks left. Durant then missed a baseline fadeaway as time expired in regulation that would have won it. “We got to do a much better job on execution down the stretch,” Brooks said. “I take blame on that. I should have called a timeout when we were up three when they made the big 3.” Cook, however, didn't allow his coach to shoulder the blame. “At the end of the day, it was what I did,” Cook said. “I take full responsibility for the pass I made.” Durant, meanwhile, said the miscommunication was on him, explaining that he thought another defender was behind him since Golden State guard Stephen Curry was denying him. “That was all my fault. I felt so bad. I caused (Cook) to throw that ball away,” Durant said. “He threw it to my hand and I just stood there and watched. … I apologized to Daequan. I won't put him in that position again.” Amazingly, the Thunder never let the sequence, or a few additional big buckets by the Warriors in overtime, break its back. Durant started the extra session with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. David Lee then tied the game with a three-point play before putting the Warriors up two after another three-point play opportunity. He missed the foul shot. Durant later pulled the rip move on Lee beyond the arc and made all three foul shots to put OKC back up, 112-111 with 1:31 left. Ellis, who was just 9-for-30 from the field, responded with another 3 that gave Golden State a 114-112 lead. But Durant hit a pull-up jumper that tied it, and Russell Westbrook delivered the final margin when he split two free throws. Ellis missed a potential game-winning 18-footer at the buzzer. The Thunder moved to 8-1 in overtime and, with nine games remaining, can match last season's win total with a victory Wednesday night at Phoenix. “It was an ugly win, but we'll take it,” Westbrook said. The scare supplied yet another chance for the Thunder to demonstrate it can close out opponents in a tight contest. Tuesday's victory was the sixth by a single digit this season. “We're maturing as a group,” Durant said. “We're a resilient team and we've been through a lot.”
Thunder at Suns When: 9 p.m. Wednesday Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722) Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM Three things to know - Heading into Tuesday night's game at Sacramento, the Suns had lost two straight and seven of their last 10 games to fall out of playoff contention. - The Thunder won 111-107 at Phoenix on Feb. 4 despite the Suns hitting nine of their first 11 shots and Vince Carter scoring a season-high 33 points. - The three previous meetings have been decided by four points or less. In OKC, the Suns won 113-110 on Dec. 19 and lost 122-118 in overtime March 6.