Thunder holds off Warriors 115-114 in overtime

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.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 29, 2011

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.”

Tuesday's box score

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix

TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722)

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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.

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