Darren Collison, DAL: A+
Before we get into the grades, how incredible was that game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation? Darren Collison deserves an A+ just for that.
Fortunately, he did much more to earn this rating. Collison made a three-pointer on Dallas' opening possession and never looked back.
Collison would score 16 first-half points, picking his spots within the defense and capitalizing on his quickness. Even with a tough defender in Russell Westbrook on him, Collison would fight his way into the paint and finish with finesse.
The second half was no different. Collison wasted no time in getting up on the scoreboard, draining a contested three in Kendrick Perkins' face. A preview of things to come, as Collison would hit another ridiculous three to force overtime.
For the game, Collison tallied 32 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. He also made 4-of-4 three-pointers and tied the game as regulation expired.
How about that for a great game?
Russell Westbrook, OKC: A
Russell Westbrook started with eight points on 4-of-16 shooting. He'd make three of his next four field goals and drop in eight overtime points. Thus sealing the victory.
For the game, Westbrook tallied 16 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block. His clutch performance during overtime is what brings him from an average grade to a great one.
Like it or not, how you finish is just as important as how you start. Getting your team a victory is A-worthy.
Westbrook's telling moment came with 5.3 seconds remaining during the fourth quarter, as he pounced on a loose ball. This course of fearless action led to the Thunder sending Kevin Durant to the line and seemingly securing a W.
That is, until Darren Collison made the impossible happen.