Scott Brooks couldn't believe it. No one could. But when the Thunder coach turned toward the crowd, placed both hands atop his head and said over and over “Oh my God,” his raw reaction illustrated just how incredible the final sequence was. Russell Westbrook nailed an improbable game-winning 3-pointer from the left corner with one-tenth of a second remaining to lift the Thunder to a 113-112 overtime win over Golden State on Friday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. His shot capped a wild scramble inside the final six seconds and stood as retaliation for the buzzer-beating defeat the Thunder suffered two weeks at Golden State. “I was just thinking there were so many good moments I can't wait to watch it tonight,” Brooks said of his reaction. Thabo Sefolosha inbounded the ball from the baseline to Kevin Durant, who briefly was covered by two defenders. He dished a bounce pass to a wide-open Serge Ibaka, who missed a potential game-tying 15 footer. But as the shot bounced high off the rim, Westbrook darted from the right wing into the lane. He skied for the rebound and, with two Warriors in front of him, got just enough of his fingertips on the ball to alter its path. The ball hit the floor and was headed out of bounds. But Sefolosha raced to it, recovered it and flipped it over his head and back in play. It landed directly in Westbrook's hands. He took one dribble toward the 3-point line, faked to his left, spun back to his right and released a lightly-contested prayer. Westbrook said he was going for the win all the way. “I'm not going for the tie,” he said. “There's no need to tie the game. I did the same thing in Golden State, but unfortunately it didn't work out for us. But I'm thankful that it went in this time and (with) less time on the clock.” The win preserved the Thunder's unbeaten mark at home, moving OKC to 8-0 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, the last five coming on this current six-game home stand. According to ESPN Stats and Info, in the regular season and playoffs, Westbrook was just 1-for-20 in his career on game-tying or go-ahead field goal attempts in the final five seconds of fourth quarter or overtime.
Westbrook's 3-pointer beats Warriors in overtime 113-112
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