Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets 1/20/13: Video Highlights and Recap
Four quarters wasn't enough to decide this one.
The Denver Nuggets outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-118, in an overtime thriller at the Pepsi Center behind an incredible 57-point effort from their bench.
All eyes were on the NFL for most of the night, but these two teams battled it out in an equally exciting NBA matchup.
Denver outscored Oklahoma City for most of the fourth and final period before a late run put the team back in the game. Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin and Russell Westbrook hit consecutive three-pointers in the final two minutes to help force the extra period.
The biggest story wasn't just the excellent bench play by the Nuggets. The Thunder shot poorly from behind the three-point line throughout the game, until late in the fourth quarter. They finished the game at 36.4 percent after posting well under 30 percent throughout the game.
Durant also didn't play too well until his team's fourth-quarter resurgence. Although, he did finish with a game-high 37 points coming off of a career-high 52-point outburst in the team's win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Kosta Koufos led the way for the Nuggets with 11 rebounds. His teammates fed off his effort down low, helping Denver outrebound the visitors by a 50-39 margin.
Player of the Game: Corey Brewer, F, Denver Nuggets
Brewer's season-high was 27 points heading into tonight's matchup against the Thunder. He played like he was trying to beat it, although he came up just short in the end.
The biggest highlight from his 26-point performance was a crossover on Durant that set up a three-point play in the second quarter. Brewer got the pass and was moving across the key when he rapidly changed direction and left Durant behind him as he attacked the hoop, made the layup and drew the foul.
He also contributed six rebounds and three assists in his 34 minutes off the bench.
Up Next for the Thunder
Things won't get much easier for Oklahoma City. The Thunder will travel to Southern California for an 8 p.m. ET Tuesday night clash with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clips are a hot team at the moment, having won seven of their last eight games.
Up Next for the Nuggets
The Nuggets will leave the confines of the Pepsi Center and take to the road. They'll get a few days off, though, and won't travel to Houston until Wednesday night's 8 p.m. ET battle with the Rockets.
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