The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a close one to the Denver Nuggets Sunday night, dropping a 121-118 overtime decision after trailing by as many as 11 points with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
The real story of the game came in the final four minutes of regulation, as Denver fans turned on Russell Westbrook for a bit of foul play late in the fourth not at all involved with the actual game on the court:
Russell Westbrook just blocked a halfcourt shot by Nuggets mascot Rocky. I kid you not.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) January 21, 2013
Nuggets fans booing Westbrook like he canceled Christmas. They take their mascot shots seriously in Denver. Keep stats & everything.— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 21, 2013
Oh, but you see, this wasn't any half-court shot. The 19,000-plus in attendance had something riding on this one.
SuperMascot Rocky shoots backwards halfcourt shots during a fourth-quarter timeout of every game. If he makes one, fans get free Qdoba queso.— Benjamin Hochman (@nuggetsnews) January 21, 2013
With that, Westbrook made enemies with the entire city of Denver for the rest of his career.
Westbrook and the Thunder went on a 10-2 run to pull within three with 43 seconds left. Then he went and stuck another dagger into the heart of Nuggets fans and the Pepsi Center crowd.
Russell Westbrook steals fans' chance at free queso twice by goaltending mascot halfcourt shot, then ties game from 30 feet. #VILLAINOUS— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) January 21, 2013
Cue overtime. Denver and Oklahoma City go back and forth, but the Nuggets claim a three-point lead late in the period.
Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer and Westbrook ended up with a shot to beat the buzzer, but it was deflected by Corey Brewer.
Nuggets win 121-118, final play ends with Russell Westbrook upset with a call.— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) January 21, 2013
That, my friends, is some serious queso karma.