Thunder Bolts: Oklahoma City Thunder 109, Brooklyn Nets 108

David Moore

Sports Blogger

@rundavidmoore

 

Westbrook comes in clutch

Oklahoma City trailed by one with 7.8 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook took the game into his own hands to score the winning basket for the Thunder on Tuesday night. The Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City erupted as the go-ahead basket, courtesy of Westbrook, fell with 3.3 seconds left. Brooklyn’s buzzer-beater attempt missed the mark, ending the game with a 109-108 victory for OKC.

George and Westbrook combine for 60

Keith Allison/Flickr

Paul George and Westbrook did not need 3-pointers to impact the game. Westbrook made no 3-point shots, and George scored only one 3. The two stars still put up impressive numbers, though. George and Westbrook had 28 and 32 points, respectively. They were also consistent from the free throw line, going 17-of-22 combined.

Lead changes

It was a back-and-forth affair in Oklahoma City between the Thunder and Nets. After one quarter, the Thunder led by four. A blistering second quarter from Brooklyn put it ahead 15. The Nets still led by 14 going into the fourth quarter, but a 35-point quarter for OKC and six lead changes in the last 2.5 minutes allowed the Thunder to come out on top.

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