The Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder when Gary Harris hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. With his five seconds to inbound the ball ticking down (really, probably already run out), Jokic whipped a pass to the opposite wing. George was the star for OKC, with 43 points, while Westbrook was producing although his shots weren't falling, dishing 21 assists. Jamal Murray gave him work with 33 points on 14/23 shooting - 5/8 from downtown.
After Harris made the shot, a fan some how made his way onto the court and screamed in Westbrook's face. That places them just one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who rest in ninth. Watch him blow up this dribble handoff and then take the ball coast to coast for a dunk on the other end.
Sigh. I kinda wish they would have just folded in the towel early, both so I could have continued my "blowout" narrative and finished this recap much earlier, AND so they could have a little more energy for tomorrow's game against the Pelicans.
That's (^) what I wrote as the Thunder were down by double-digits to start the fourth quarter. It came over a Thunder team that had won eight of its last nine games and entered Thursday ranked fifth in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency but missing perimeter stopper Andre Roberson because of a season-ending knee injury. The Nuggets also won despite surrendering 66 points in the paint (they had 48) and compiling just 21 bench points (OKC had 41).
Elsewhere in San Antonio, Patty Mills had four points, two rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes, as the Spurs fell to James Harden and the Rockets.
Malone on Jokic's second dunk of the season: "That should have been a national holiday".
"We needed that, and I felt like we deserved that win", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. That is a rare sighting. "Tough shot. I got back to the closeout". "I was like, 'Oh, damn'". All that set up George's 3-pointer and Harris' game-winner.