The Thunder’s 119-117 triple-overtime win in Philadelphia Friday night is an early candidate for game of the year.
With OKC leading 94-83 and less than six minutes on the clock, it looked like we were in store for a boring finish. That would have been too easy.
The Thunder were outscored 11-0 over the final 5:21 and the game headed to overtime tied at 94. Oklahoma City had the final possession of regulation, which appeared to be drawn up for Carmelo Anthony. However, J.J. Redick immediately doubled Anthony, leaving Andre Roberson unguarded and blowing up the Thunder’s final shot attempt, which resulted in a missed three-point attempt from Paul George. Billy Donovan had a timeout, and elected to leave Roberson in the game for the final offensive possession.
Philly took its first lead of the game, 96-94, in the first overtime. The Sixers lead 102-97 before the Thunder came back to send it to a second overtime.
Oklahoma City had a great chance to win the game at the end of the second OT. Westbrook drove the lane and dished to Roberson, whom it looked like would score on a reverse layup around Embiid for the win. The ball rolled just off the side of the rim, and a blatant foul on Embiid went without a whistle. The first double-overtime game of the season became the first triple-overtime game of the season.
Westbrook played 52 minutes, but still had enough left in the legs to give us a highlight dunk over Dario Saric, and an even better mean-mug. OKC scored to take a 119-117 lead on a Roberson reverse layup around Embiid that looked similar to the play at the end of the second overtime. Patrick Patterson (who was only in the game because Steven Adams fouled out at the beginning of the third overtime) came up with a block on a Redick three-point attempt at the Buzzer to seal the victory.
The Thunder escaped Philadelphia with a win to get back to .500 for the first time since Nov. 3rd. OKC has now won its last two games and six of its last eight. They’ll look to keep up the momentum rolling in a quick turnaround against the Knicks tomorrow night in Anthony’s return to Madison Square Garden.