On this date in 2012, an incredible game was played in Chesapeake Energy Arena in which Kevin Love scored a franchise-record 51 points and J.J. Barea delivered the team’s first triple-double since Kevin Garnett did it in 2007. However, they lost the game in a thriller vs OKC behind KD & Russ. Russell Westbrook scored 45 points, Kevin Durant added 40 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.
Love surpassed Garnett’s previous franchise scoring record of 47 by making a career-high seven three-pointers, five of them in the first half. He scored 30 of those 51 after halftime and 12 in the fourth quarter alone, when he forced overtime by answering Durant’s dramatic go-ahead three-pointer with one of his own from directly in front of the Thunder bench with one second left in regulation time.
Barea reached his first career triple-double with a 25-point, 14-assist, 10-rebound night from the littlest guy on the floor, and Tolliver, nearly traded to Portland last week, provided 23 points off the bench.
“I’m still not sure how that happened – however, “I’m pretty sure our game was better than any other game going on tonight,” Tolliver said. “But you never want to lose a game like that. It hurts more. It’s never a good thing to lose like that.” said Anthony Tolliver after the game.
“We had the game won in that first overtime,” Barea said. “They had to play perfectly until the end. It took them two overtimes to beat us. They’re the best team in the West. We had some bad luck. It’s basketball. That’s how it is.”