Kevin Durant was rewriting the script. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar had just scored seven consecutive points, cutting his team’s double-digit deficit to 90-86 with 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. His immense struggles throughout Game 7 and the latter half of the Western Conference Finals were quickly becoming an afterthought.
The most effortless scorer in the world was cooking; the defending champions were finally left without an answer. Anything less than perfect isn’t good enough against the Golden State Warriors, though, and a bad foul on the ensuing possession all but completely erased Oklahoma City’s razor thin margin for error.
It’s an incredible testament to the strength of the Thunder that this is what it took to beat them.
Golden State might have won Game 7 and the Western Conference Finals even if Serge Ibaka hadn’t sent Steph Curry to the line for three free throws with Oklahoma City trailing by four and the game clock ticking below two minutes left. Steve Kerr’s team already held a two-possession lead, after all, and was playing on the ever friendly confines of home court. Odds were clearly on the Warriors’ side.