MADRID, Spain, Sporting Alert – NBA side Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a 142-137 overtime defeat to the champions of the Spanish league, Real Madrid in their opening NBA preseason game in Spain on Monday.
The Thunder, who led by as many as 22 points, looked well set to running away the victory through the opening three-quarters, but Real Madrid used their 3-point shooting to creep back into the contest and then send it into overtime.
Jaycee Carroll scored 24 points in leading six Real Madrid players into double digits in only their second victory against NBA teams.
Sergio Llull added 22 points, including the massive 3-pointer that send the clash into overtime, as he finished with 5 of 6 from long-range and pulled down nine rebounds.
Othello Hunter scored 19 points, while Trey Tompkins and Andres Nocioni finished with 16 each for the Whites.
Victor Oladipo shot 14 of 24 from the floor to finish with a game-high 34 points for the Thunder, with Enes Kanter adding 29 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Russell Westbrook had 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting, but sat out the fourth quarter and the overtime period in the defeat for Oklahoma City.
QUICK START FOR THE THUNDER
The game started very well for OKC, who jumped all over Real Madrid early, but Billy Donovan’s men couldn’t hold on down the stretch.
The Thunder scored the first four points of the game and took a 35-22 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 65-50 advantage at halftime, and had a 22 point lead with 6:01 left in the session.
But after trimming the deficit to 95-87 heading into the last period, Real Madrid took its first lead of the game with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter when Rudy Fernandez knocked down a 3-pointer to give the home side a 112-111 edge.
The game got close with 1:58 remaining in the fourth quarter with the NBA club leading 119-117, but Alejandro Abrines hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch OKC lead to 125-119 with 1:08 left.
Andres Nocioni drew a foul on Domantas Sabonis attempting a triple and then made all three of his attempts to pull the score level at 126-123, still in favour of Oklahoma City.
Rudy Fernandez grabbed an offensive rebound and found Sergio Llull, who made a 25-foot three point jumper as time expired to send the game into overtime.
Llull hit 3-pointers at the end of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters.
Real Madrid then outscored Oklahoma City 16-11 in overtime to secure the win.
Steven Adams left the game in the second quarter after rolling his right ankle on a defenders foot.
OKC will next face FC Barcelona on Wednesday.