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News » NETS 103, THUNDER 99 (OT)


NETS 103, THUNDER 99 (OT)


NETS 103, THUNDER 99 (OT)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - An extra five minutes of play wasn't so good to Oklahoma City this time.

The Thunder erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit only to watch the New Jersey Nets run away with a 103-99 overtime win on Monday night at IZOD Center.

It was the second straight overtime game for the Thunder, which won 109-98 over the Chicago Bulls in its first overtime game this season on Saturday night. The Thunder fell to 6-32 but continued showing signs of improvement in defeat.

Monday's game was the third game in the past four defeats that the Thunder lost by four points or fewer.

Oklahoma City, however, had no answer for New Jersey rookie Brook Lopez, the 10th overall pick. Lopez, who reportedly was a draft prospect by Oklahoma City before a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers fell through, scored a game-high 31 points with 13 rebounds in 41 minutes. He made 10 of 17 shots and 11 of 12 free throws.

When Lopez wasn't controlling the paint, Nets guards Vince Carter and Devin Harris sliced through the teeth of the Thunder's defense, combining for 38 points and 12 assists.

Kevin Durant scored a team-high 26 points with nine rebounds, and forward Jeff Green added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie guard Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points, and Nenad Krstic, who played his first four seasons in New Jersey, scored 12 points with four rebounds in his return.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: January 15, 2009

 

 
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