With other events unfolding the way they did in the state of Oklahoma, it was only fitting the Thunder joined in with their own overtime game.
And evidently that’s what the Thunder needed. Total fourth quarter output: 13 points. Total overtime output: 18 points.
I can’t decide if that’s really great, or really terrible. Either way, the bottom line is that the Thunder bounced back from a tough loss in Boston to top Philadelphia in overtime, 116-109.
It was one of those games where OKC led for most of it, going up by 10 then watching the lead dwindle to two, then going back up by eight, then watching it tighten back up. There was just a killshot missing, at least until the Thunder started making everything in overtime. In regulation, OKC was 2-16 from 3. In overtime, 4-5. According to an advanced statistic I just made up in my head, that’s a winning OT formula.
Truthfully though, there wasn’t a whole lot fixed or changed from the disappointing loss to the Celtics. The bench was still mostly non-existent — Kevin Martin finished with six points on 2-of-9 shooting, but did hit a big OT 3 — and the game came down to mostly Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant being awesome. As I said last night, that’s often a pretty strong strategy. Those two guys can win the Thunder a whole lot of games exclusively on their own. But that’s not the Thunder at their highest level. Keep Reading…