PHILADELPHIA - Kevin Durant was confident he'd make the tying shot.
“Fifty percent of the game is mental, so I thought the shot was going in before I took it and luckily it went in,” Durant said.
After his 3-pointer over Andre Iguodala’s outstretched arms in the final seconds of regulation did, he was on target with his next prediction, too.
“I knew after that it was looking up from there,” Durant said.
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Durant had 34 points and 16 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 12 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 110-105 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, erased a five-point deficit with a minute to go in regulation, hitting a runner and the clutch 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. The Sixers scored only two baskets in the extra 5 minutes.
Nick Collison made it three Thunder players with double-doubles with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Collison set the screen, Westbrook made the pass and Durant was in perfect position to get off the shot.
“I’m a much better screener now than I was earlier in the league,” Collison said. “It’s knowing how to do it and knowing how to get in the way.”
Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 22 points for the Sixers. Elton Brand had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Durant was 13 of 26 from the field and all 16 rebounds were on defense.
“I thought we were one play away from winning the game,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said.