MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Durant had career highs of 47 points and 18 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 31-point, 21-rebound night from Kevin Love to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 118-117, in overtime on Wednesday night.
Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder. But it was Durant who carried the load, scoring 16 straight points for the Thunder in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth game.
Durant’s 47 points tied Clippers star Blake Griffin for the highest total in the NBA this season.
Michael Beasley had 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Timberwolves, who had a chance to win the game in the final 7 seconds. But Luke Ridnour rushed a 3-pointer after a missed free throw by Corey Brewer and the Thunder tracked down the loose ball to seal it.
The Northwest Division-leading Thunder had to work for this one against a team that has lost 18 straight division games.
The game featured eight lead changes in the final 31/2 minutes of regulation. It was tied twice more in overtime.
Durant hit four 3-pointers, 13-of-14 free throws and drilled a 15-foot, step-back jumper over Brewer with 28 seconds left in overtime that held up as the winner.
Stuckey injures shoulder: Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey left Wednesday’s game in the first quarter with a bruised right shoulder after colliding with Denver’s Carmelo Anthony. Stuckey grabbed his right shoulder after trying to get past Anthony’s screen and fell to the court in pain. The Pistons said X-rays were negative. Stuckey later said he hopes to play Friday in Miami.
Fastbreaks: Nuggets center Nene did not play against Detroit because of a strained right calf. Atlanta says Al Horford (sprained ankle) and Marvin Williams (back bruise) are back from their injuries. Bucks center Andrew Bogut says results of blood testing confirmed he has a virus resulting from a scratch suffered earlier this season.