There it was during the toughest game of the season. After two terrible losses, Denver had "the longest film session in the history of George Karl," according to George Karl. Andre Miller made a passionate speech Saturday. And then, there was that grit Sunday night as the Nuggets battled — and beat — the best team in the NBA. It was Nuggets 121, Thunder 118, in overtime.
"Best basketball game I've seen this year," Karl said. "Two teams going at each other, and both of them were pretty good tonight. We overcame some difficult circumstances. If you give up 48 free throws and win, it means you've done some good stuff. I'm proud of the way we bounced back."
The nail-biting overtime featured a wacky call with less than 10 seconds left. The Nuggets led 117-116 when Nick Collison was called for an offensive foul on an illegal screen, giving Denver possession.
Miller made two free throws and then promptly fouled Kevin Durant with 4.9 seconds remaining. Durant, like Miller, hit his two foul shots. It was then Denver's turn as Wilson Chandler made two with 4.5 seconds left.
Then Durant, who scored a game-high 37 points, thanks mostly to going 20-of-21 at the free-throw line, missed a 3-pointer to tie the game.
"Nuggets playing Nuggets basketball," forward Kenneth Faried, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, said of the victory. "We played Nuggets basketball — ran the floor, boxed out, rebound, physical, tough, grinded it out."
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