Rookie Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 103-99 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
Vince Carter had 21 while Devin Harris, back after missing three of the previous four games with a hamstring injury, had 17. Keyon Dooling had 14, most coming early in the fourth quarter as the Nets earned a fourth straight home win after starting the season 5-12 in New Jersey.
Kevin Durant had 26 points for the Thunder, who fell to 6-33, and 2-17 on the road.
Russell Westbrook had 17 points, Jeff Green finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, former Net Nenad Krstic had 12 points and Earl Watson scored 11 points.
The Thunder rallied to tie the game at 88 with 2:05 remaining as Westbrook stripped the ball from Carter. Westbrook’s layup would not fall, but Durant was there for the tap-in.
The Nets had the potential winning 3-pointer wiped out when Nets coach Lawrence Frank called a time out as Carter was launching a shot that caught nothing but net.
After the time out, Harris missed a 19-footer with 0.5 seconds left. That gave the Thunder a chance for a buzzer-beater, but Desmond Mason’s inbound pass never connected.
Carter got his 3-pointer, leading off the overtime as Nets opened a 7-0 run that the Thunder could not overcome.
The Thunder, who won 109-98 in overtime in Chicago on Saturday, continued their improved road play by taking a 51-44 lead into the locker room. Durant led the way with 15 points while Green added 11.
The Nets, lethargic through most of the first half, came alive with a 16-0 run in the third quarter to take a 67-57 lead as Harris led the way with six points and an ally-oop to Carter.
However, they could not sustain the momentum as the Thunder scored the final eight points in the period to cut the Nets lead to 67-65, setting the stage for the final-quarter rally.