Kobe Bryant grabbed furiously at his jersey and wheeled angrily on his heel.
Want to know what frustration looks like?
His reaction after the Lakers missed their last shot to save themselves from a late-game, road-playoff collapse said it all.
Thunder 77, Lakers 75.
No doubt it was great for the Thunder to throttle the Lakers in Game 1. It was grand fun. It was a high time.
But winning by rout was nowhere as good as winning the way the Thunder did in Game 2.
Down seven points with two minutes to go? The Lakers seeming to have all the answers? The Thunder looking to have none? Some fans at The Peake heading to the exits early?
And to come away with a victory and a 2-0 lead in this Western Conference playoff series?
This is better than a blowout.
“I've been around for four years with this team, with this group of guys, and one of the things they won't do — they won't quit,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “That's not in their DNA. They're not wired that way.
“If they were, they wouldn't be here.”
Still, the boys in blue had every reason to think this wasn't going to be their night. Shots that were falling Monday night were clanking off the rim Tuesday night. Loose balls that were ending up in their hands in Game 1 were settling in Laker hands in Game 2.
You could see the energy draining out of these guys. For a fairly long stretch during the second half, they looked like a defeated bunch.
But then Brooks took a timeout with a little over two minutes left.
“We're down seven,” he told the guys in the huddle. “You don't have to play perfect basketball, but you'd better be pretty close.”
The Thunder scored on five of its last six possessions and forced the Lakers into three turnovers and three misses in the final minutes of the game.
To end any game on a 9-0 run is a pretty amazing feat for an NBA team.
But to do it in a playoff game with one of the best players on the planet wearing the other team's jersey?
Well, that's decimating.
“It's a tough loss, yes,” Kobe said, “but the biggest thing for us is we found some things out defensively that we feel like we can do that's effective.”
Kevin Durant scored 22 points but managed to only shoot 15 times. Russell Westbrook hit 5 of 17 shots. James Harden managed to get off just eight shots.
And still, the Thunder won.
“It was a great comeback by them,” Kobe acknowledged. “They got themselves a gritty win, but now it's on us to go back home and protect our home court.”
Laker coach Mike Brown said, “It's still a series. They did what they were supposed to do. They protected their home court. They got two wins.
“There's still a lot of basketball left in our team.”
All of that sounds good and fine. But how realistic is it?
The Lakers played so much better Wednesday night, forcing the Thunder to play about as badly as it could play, and still, the Lakers find themselves with the exact same result as Monday night.
Wednesday night at The Peake, it wore the purple and gold.