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Russell Westbrook hits the game-winning three to send Thunder to overtime win over Warriors (VIDEO)

Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

The Thunder and the Warriors played an exciting and competitive game on Friday that required an overtime period for the contest to be decided.

The extra session wasn’t pretty overall, with plenty of possessions ending with a poor shot selection and with both teams combining to shoot just 5-of-17 over the game’s final five minutes.

But the final possession was a thing of beauty for the Thunder, as Russell Westbrook finished off a wild sequence with a three-pointer from the corner to give his team the hard-fought 113-112 victory.

The final play ended like this: Serge Ibaka missed a jumper from about 15 feet out, Westbrook got a hand on the rebound, Thabo Sefolosha saved the ball from going out of bounds, where it ended up back in Westbrook’s hands near the three-point line.

Knowing the limited time remaining, Westbrook spun, fired and drained the three with only a tenth of a second remaining on the clock. Harrison Barnes was right there in position to contest the shot, but for some reason it didn’t appear to occur to him that Westbrook would be shooting in that situation, so his eventual reaction was far too late to bother shot.

Westbrook finished with a game-high 34 points to go along with seven assists and five steals, and Stephen Curry finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to pace the Warriors.

This was a fun game between two athletic teams that can get up and down the floor and score at a high level. A playoff series between them would be a dream, but for now we’ll simply savor this one game as a whole, and all of the great plays that led up to Westbrook’s final shot.

  1. dunkindan - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    This game was officiated pretty badly. It was as if the ref’s have high school crushes on the Thunder. Lost some repsect for Westbrook because he flops and flails after every shot. Klay Thompson got a few tick tack fouls because of that. That’s not how the game is played and the refs shouldn’t award that garbage. Harrison Barnes was huge down the stretch and Curry is an amazing player as always. Warriors will start to cruise again soon when they get healthy.

  2. cbking05 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Westbrook is a Beast

  3. bealwithit - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    When Westbrook had the ball with 3.0 seconds left he had a choice. Pass to the wide open Kevin Durant or attempt a turnaround corner 3. Great play, but KD would have been pissed if that didn’t go in lol

  4. Seth Hamlin - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    ibaka was the last to touch it. shoulda been warriors ball.

  5. spacemaker101 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:36 AM


  6. antistratfordian - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Thrilling shot from Westbrook.

    I would just like to note that the initial pass from Durant to Ibaka is the same type of pass in just about the same situation as the heavily condemned LeBron to Haslem pass from 2012. But you’re not going to see any “Durant is scared” tweets from John Krolik or anyone else.

    There is nothing more fitting than LeBron playing with the word “Heat” written across his chest. KD should be thankful that he doesn’t have to play under the same microscope.

    Carry on.

  7. phillyphil005 - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Would be nice if it was actually the video instead of a sweet and low commercial.

    • yanvk - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Just saying, there’s a free program available called AdBlock that takes one minute to download and you will never see another ad on any website ever again. I’m not advertising anything, there are over 200 million users and I’m amazed at how many people don’t know about this. Other than that, amazing shot by Westbrook.

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