The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Wednesday night's game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia against the Philadelphia 76ers with one of the better records in the NBA. The Sixers would find out this night where they stand against one of the better teams in the NBA.
The Thunder needed key free throws late in the game and were led by their two superstars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to a 92-88 victory over the Sixers. Westbrook finished the game with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Durant had 23 points. The Thunder pushed their overall record to 28-7.
Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 18 points. The Sixers overall record fell to 21-15 and still on top of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers were trailing at halftime, 53-48 and they started the third quarter on a 15-2 run and took a 63-55 lead when Jodie Meeks hit a shot with five minutes left in the third quarter. The defense played by the Sixers in Wednesday night's game helped the Sixers get the lead early in the second half of the game. It has been what has been the Sixers trademark this season. The Sixers led by three points going into the fourth quarter.
Lou Williams gave the Sixers their largest lead of the game when he hit two free throws for a 74-66 lead. The Sixers led with just over nine minutes left in the game.
The Thunder though showed the Sixers why they are one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship this year when they tied the game at 85-85 with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game. Kevin Durant who is having a MVP type season, hit two free throws with 1:53 left and gave the Thunder a 87-85 lead. The Sixers missed numerous opportunities down the stretch and the Thunder hit free throws and they left the Wells Fargo Center with a well earned victory over the Sixers.
The Thunder came into Wednesday night's game against the Sixers tied with the Miami Heat with the best record in the NBA. The Sixers stayed close in the game against the Thunder because they got balance scoring from their starters. They also played tough defense and showed the Thunder that they belong on the same court with them. The Sixers though need to win games against the likes of Miami and Oklahoma City to show the rest of the league and themselves that they are for real. The Sixers play the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. They need to win games because right now the New York Knicks are playing excellent basketball and they are on the heels of the Sixers.