In a tightly contested game full of referees blowing whistles, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked like they were going to pick up another clutch-time win on a day they were without Dennis Schroder (personal), Terrance Ferguson (injury), and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for much of the third quarter as he battled foul trouble.
Unfortunately, the Denver Nuggets (who were short-handed themselves) weren’t having any of that feel-good stuff.
Leading 81-78 after three quarters, the Thunder turned to SGA and he didn’t disappoint — scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the final frame. Though it remained close throughout, OKC went up 103-96 at the 3:38 mark of the fourth — capping a quick 5-0 run with a Chris Paul three-pointer that felt like the nail in the coffin.
Turns out it wasn’t.
OKC held onto to a 1-point lead with less than 10 seconds to play when Monte Morris drew a foul on Andre Roberson — making both free throws to give the Nuggets a 109-108 lead. Paul was then fouled by Paul Millsap with 2.9 seconds left and went to the line with a chance to win the game. However, he made one of two and the game went to overtime.
Nikola Jokic took over in the extra period, scoring 8 of his 30 points in the final five minutes. The Thunder went 1-of-7 from the floor and 0-of-5 from long range to complete the collapse.
Michael Porter Jr. led all scorers with a career-high 37 points on 12-of-16 shooting. Jokic added 30 points and 12 rebounds, with Morris and Millsap contributing 17 a piece.
The Thunder were led by SGA’s 24 points, with Paul (23), Danilo Gallinari (20), Abdel Nader (13), and Lu Dort (10) rounding out OKC’s double-digit scorers.