In a battle between arguably the most dynamic duo in the league against the best all-around team in the league, Kevin Durant scored a career-high 51 points and Russell Westbrook had 40 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 124-118 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets, which had seven players scoring in double figures.
Hidden in the high-scoring affair, Serge Ibaka also had a terrific game for the Thunder, capturing the first triple-double of his career with 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. He also had a hand in the most important play of the game, where he blocked a driving Arron Afflalo in overtime to eliminate the possibility of a Nuggets comeback.
The Thunder could easily have lost with the balanced scoring Denver displayed, but with the game winding down and Oklahoma City down by five, Durant first hit a three-pointer, then made a strong move for the game-tying dunk in regulation that led to overtime.
Durant would surpass the 50-point mark for the first time in his young career with two free throws late in overtime to seal the game.
Perhaps what is most pleasing to coach Scott Brooks is not the high scoring displayed by his two best players, but how efficiently they shot to get the points. Westbrook and Durant were a combined 61.4 percent from the field.
Oklahoma City (24-7) has now won nine in a row at home.