The camera caught Wanda Pratt shaking her groove thing.
But when she saw herself on the big screen inside the Oklahoma City Arena, she kept going. She waved her arms. She pumped her fists.
She didn't shy away from the spotlight.
Like mother, like son.
On an afternoon that Kevin Durant's mom turned Thunder cheerleader and woke up the crowd during a second-quarter timeout — who could resist the Bee Gees' “You Should Be Dancing”? — her son turned Thunder savior and guided Oklahoma City to a series-clinching, seventh-game victory against Memphis and a date with Dallas in the Western Conference Finals.
Thunder 105, Grizzlies 90.
“I knew she had those dance moves,” Durant said of his mom. “She used to do it all the time when I was young. She was having fun.”
Who could blame her?
Her son scored a game-high 39 points, hitting 13 of 25 shots and 9 of 9 free throws. He came up big on the biggest stage of his career.
Durant scored 11 points during a defining third-quarter stretch. With the Thunder leading by only four points midway through the third quarter, Russell Westbrook found Durant for an alley-oop dunk that ignited a 16-5 run.
But Durant was hardly a one-man band Sunday afternoon.
Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists, becoming the first player since Scottie Pippen in 1992 to record a triple-double in a Game 7. Nick Collison came off the bench and put the defensive clamps on Grizzlies star Zach Randolph. James Harden poured in 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting in what was the best game of his young career.
Now, this team that came to Oklahoma City three years ago and struggled to a 3-29 start in its first season is headed to the Western Conference Finals.
The best-of-seven series begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas.
“I didn't think they were going to do this this soon,” Pratt said after the game. “I just did not expect this. I expected it in about five years. But this year, this is great.”
“This is awesome.”
As she talked finally sitting in the courtside seat that she rarely used Sunday afternoon, Westbrook approached to give her a hug.
“Are you tired?” he asked, smiling. “Tired of dancing?”
“No,” she exclaimed.
Good thing. The Thunder still has some dancing left to do.