How the Thunder made a 15-point lead disappear

BY MIKE SHERMAN, Sports Editor, msherman@opubco.com Published: May 24, 2011

 

The Thunder shot 1 of 10 from the field, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range and not including two missed free throws — in the final 5:07. But it took a lot more than that to make Oklahoma City's 15-point lead disappear. A look at the key moments in an epic collapse or comeback, depending on your perspective:

5:05: Kevin Durant buries a 3-pointer off Nick Collison's offensive rebound and pass to give the Thunder a 99-84 lead. Dallas calls a full timeout.

 4:33: James Harden is whistled for his second foul in 15 seconds, a loose ball on Dirk Nowitzki. Harden fouls out on the play, eliminating an OKC scoring option down the threat. The Mavericks hit 3 of 4 free throws following those fouls to close to 99-87.

 3:48: Jason Kidd steals the ball from Russell Westbrook and is fouled, continuing the Mavericks march to the line. Kidd hits both free throws to close to 99-89. Dallas hits 8 of 10 free throws in the final five minutes, meaning it scored eight points without a second ticking off the clock.

 3:15: The Dirk barrage begins with a fall-away 13-footer from the left wing. It is the first of his four straight baskets that includes a 3-pointer.

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