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Top 20 Games in Thunder History: #15

Top 20 Games in Thunder History: #15

As the season is coming closer and closer, we’re going going to bring you our thoughts of the top 20 games since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City. We broke it down to about to about 50 games, and then narrowed it down to 20. We decided most were going to be wins, we had one game that was a loss in the top 20, and it’s easily the most memorable lost. Well, for me at least. Without further adieu:

When: March 23, 2012

Location: Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena

Final Score: Oklahoma City Thunder 149, Minnesota Timberwolves 140 2OT

Big Players: Kevin Durant 40 points, 17 rebounds; Russell Westbrook 45 points, 6 assists

In what is considered one of the best games of the season, I don’t even have the best games of the season for the Thunder. In fact, I have five other games ahead of this game. This game, however, was pretty awesome. Kevin Love was out of his mind and the big boys went for 85 points. However, everyone should remember how poorly Derek Fisher played. Went from 2-for-11, including 1-for-5 from deep. Which, his poor shooting basically kept the T-Wolves in this game.

Oklahoma City and Minnesota were neck and neck for most of the game. Kevin Love did all he could for the Timberwolves, scoring 51 points, a career high for him. Westbrook was the one who got the final laugh though. Westbrook scored nine of the 20 points in the second overtime for the Thunder, giving them the 149-140 lead.

While Westbrook and Durant were going point for point with each other, it was Derek Fisher trying to shoot his way out of a slump. He even airballed a three-point attempt, reaching the climax of a bad shooting night. While he was missing shots, the Timberwolves were hitting key shots.

Oklahoma City had multiple 10 point leads in this game. However, the Wolves never gave up. After Oklahoma came out with a 12-5 run to give the Thunder the 75-65 lead. The wolves cut the lead down to six at the end of the third quarter with a 94-88 score.

The fourth quarter had the thunder up 108-101 with 4:26 remaining, but those Wolves wouldn’t go away. The capped their come back off with Kevin Love hitting a three-point shot one second remaining on the clock.

In the first overtime, Minnesota gave their fans something to cheer for when they gave them a 129-124 lead with 46 seconds left in the overtime. Then Russell Westbrook attacked the rim, and scored quickly, cutting the lead to 129-126 with 36 seconds left.

After a Love travel, Durant came up clutch, yet again. He hit a three-point shot with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 129 a piece. JJ Barea missed a deep three at the buzzer, and we headed to a second overtime!

That’s where Westbrook took over, and Oklahoma City never trailed in the second overtime period. Derek Fisher hit his only three-point shot with about 28 seconds to go to seal the victory. The win improved Oklahoma City to 36-12 on the season and 21-4 at home.

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