Kevin Durant made his mark on a marathon, and Oklahoma City has wrestled back homecourt advantage in its Western Conference semifinal series with Memphis.
Durant made a key block and bucket in the third overtime, scoring 35 points in all with 13 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook poured in 40 points, as the Thunder evened the series with the Grizzlies, 133-123.
James Harden donated 19 points with seven assists and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who will host Game 5 on Wednesday after coming out on top in just the sixth-ever NBA playoff game to last three or more overtimes.
Zach Randolph racked up 34 points and 16 rebounds, Marc Gasol posted 26 points and a staggering 21 rebounds, O.J. Mayo contributed 18 points and Michael Conley 16, but both watched in frustration for the better part of three overtimes after fouling out.
In a war of attrition that, at times, looked like a game that neither team could win turned into one that neither team dared to lose. Memphis blew an 18- point first half lead, then Oklahoma City coughed up a double-digit fourth- quarter lead, and that was all before late Monday night turned well into Tuesday morning.