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                       === Thunder beat Wizards in OT ===
 
 Oklahoma  City,  OK (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Oklahoma  City Thunder took the
 Washington Wizards' best shot and rallied to win in overtime Sunday, 106-105.
 
 The  Thunder  trailed by as many  as 12 points  in the fourth quarter and came
 back  to win despite  the loss of Russell Westbrook, who was ejected with 3:19
 left in regulation after picking up his second technical.
 
 Kevin  Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and hit the tying and
 go-ahead  free throws in the final minute of overtime to send Oklahoma City to
 its fourth straight win.
 
 The  Wizards wasted  a terrific effort from Bradley Beal, whose six 3-pointers
 and  career-high 34 points went for naught. John Wall was limited to 10 points
 on  3-of-13  shooting and  missed a  potential go-ahead  layup at the overtime
 buzzer.
 
 Serge  Ibaka followed  Durant with 25 points  and 12 rebounds, but the rest of
 the Thunder shot a pedestrian 35 percent (18-of-51) from the floor.
 
 Westbrook  was one  of those who struggled,  hitting just four of his 16 shots
 for 13 points, and he showed his frustration when he and Nene exchanged shoves
 after  the star guard  was whistled for a charge late in regulation. They were
 each handed technical fouls for the second time and subsequently ejected.
 
 The  Thunder trailed  92-82 at the time and rallied behind their role players.
 Buckets from Reggie Jackson and Ibaka pulled the hosts within six, Jeremy Lamb
 drilled a 3-pointer and Durant fed Ibaka for a dunk to cap a 9-0 run with 1:10
 remaining.
 
 The  teams traded  baskets, and Beal drove  in for an uncontested layup to put
 the Wizards on top, 96-93, with 18.8 seconds left.
 
 After  Durant tied it with a 3-pointer from the top of the key coming out of a
 timeout,  Beal  controlled the ball on  the final possession of regulation and
 couldn't get his runner to fall over the taller Ibaka.
 
 "I  probably  should have shot  a jumper rather than  try to shoot a floater,"
 Beal said. "It's a learning experience."
 
 Beal's  sixth 3-pointer  gave Washington a 103-102 lead with under two minutes
 left in overtime, and Marcin Gortat spun past Ibaka for two more the next time
 down.
 
 Ibaka  put back  a Jackson  miss, cutting  the Thunder's  deficit to  one, and
 Durant  added  the deciding  free throws after  coming up with  a big block of
 Trevor Ariza.
 
 Washington got the ball back with 4.0 seconds left and drew up a perfect give-
 and-go  between  Gortat and Wall. Wall,  however, hesitated going to the hoop,
 and  Jackson's challenge  at the  rim forced  Wall to  miss everything  as the
 buzzer sounded.
 
 "That  was  a lot of fun,"  Lamb said. "We had  a great crowd, as always. They
 were loud, they energized us."
 
 Both  sides came in  averaging over 100 points per game but couldn't get going
 until after the break. Wall beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer to end a
 string of seven straight points that gave Washington a 42-37 lead.
 
 The  Thunder  scored just 10  points in the second  quarter and went the final
 4:58 without making a field goal. They shot much better in the third, but Beal
 erupted  for 11  points in the frame --  nine coming from behind the arc -- to
 help the Wizards stay in front and take a 73-65 lead into the fourth.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Wizards have never  won in five trips to Oklahoma City ... Washington had
 won  two in a  row since starting off the season 0-3 ... Ariza and Nene scored
 15  and  14 points, respectively, for  the Wizards, who were outrebounded by a
 58-41 margin.
 
 
 
 11/10 22:51:14 ET

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