The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder got together for a game so good, they decided to play five extra minutes. OKC escaped with the victory, but it wasn't without a few tense moments.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 40 points and Serge Ibaka chipped in with a phenomenal 19 points and 17 rebounds, but it was Russell Westbrook who took OKC home in the end. The Thunder point guard struggled shooting the ball all night and finished the game having made just seven of his 20 shots, but his effort and athleticism were the difference in OT.
Darren Collison bought Dallas the extra time by tossing in a desperation three-pointer as the buzzer went off at the end of regulation. He caught a tip pass in mid-air from Vince Carter and released a heave in one motion, tying the game as a stunned Thunder bench looked on.
Collison, recently renamed the starter at point guard, led the Mavs with 32 points in a losing effort.
Not every Mav enjoyed the kind of night Collison did, though. O.J. Mayo had an absolutely atrocious game, shooting just 1-for-7 from the field and committing a number of costly errors down the stretch. His turnover led to a Westbrook breakaway that all but iced the game.
OKC improved to 22-6 with the win, while Dallas fell to 12-17.
Final Score: Thunder 111, Mavericks 105