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No Kevin Durant? No problem. Playing 63 minutes instead of 48? That can't stop this team. Down by three points with less than five seconds remaining in the second overtime and finding a way to force a third and final overtime? Piece of cake.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were able to battle back on multiple occasions last night to escape with an improbable 123-120 3 OT win against the New Jersey Nets. Kevin Durant was forced to miss another game due to a lingering knee injury, but his teammates were once again able to pick up the slack, further demonstrating that this is an entire team led by more than one player. It was Russell Westbrook who led the way again for the Thunder, missing out on a triple-double by just one assist. He finished the night with 38 points, including an astonishing 13 of them in the third overtime, to go along with 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Jeff Green added a career high 37 points as the Thunder improved to 13-6 on the season.

Westbrook told reporters that he was struggling throughout the game, but shot 5 for 7 from the floor and 3 for 3 from the free throw line in the third overtime to help OKC improve to 3-0 on the season in games where Durant has been sidelined. Devin Harris also missed the contest for the Nets.

The Thunder had to fight back a few different times throughout the game, but it was the Nets who converted an improbable three pointer at the buzzer at the end of regulation to force the first overtime. Anthony Morrow fired up a 26 foot 3 pointer that fell in desperation, but the biggest play of the game may have occurred toward the end of the second overtime. 

On an inbound play with just 4.6 seconds remaining, Green was fouled by Stephen Graham while in the process of attempting a three pointer. He converted all three free throws to send the game to triple overtime. That shot was taken from almost 27 feet away from the basket, and it nearly fell as well. 

That was enough for Westbrook, who decided that three would be enough. It was the first triple overtime game for many of the Thunder players, as it was the longest game since the team moved from Seattle. In a game that featured 13 ties and 19 lead changes, Westbrook became only the sixth player in the NBA since 1990 to have at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists in a game. Granted, it did take three overtimes to accomplish this feat, but it was still an extremely impressive performance.

Thabo Sefolosha played the most minutes of any player on both teams with 55, while James Harden chipped in with 16 points off the bench.

The Thunder are hopeful that Durant, who is listed as day-to-day with his sprained knee, will be able to return to action when the team plays at Toronto on Friday.










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