Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Combine for 91 in Oklahoma City Win

Zac ChowContributor IIIFebruary 19, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 23:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts with teammate Russell Westbrook #0 in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 23, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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.