DENVER -- The Thunder wanted to win this one for their coach.
But it wasn't to be.
On Saturday, Lee Brooks, the 79-year-old mother of Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, had died in Northern California. Brooks decided to coach Sunday night against Denver at the Pepsi Center, but the Thunder fell short 121-118 in overtime.
We were trying to give him a win for his mom, said Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. But its basketball. We did the best we could.
After appearing to be hopelessly behind in the waning minutes of regulation, the Thunder almost pulled it out. Trailing 107-96 with less than three minutes left, they closed with a 13-2 run, tying the score at 109-109 on a 27-foot 3-pointer by Russell Westbrook with 22.9 seconds remaining.
But the Thunder ran out of miracles in overtime despite Kevin Durant (37) and Westbrook (36) having finished with a combined 73 points. Their six-game winning streak came to an end and they fell back into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for having t...