A look at how the Thunder has closed out games this postseason.
GAME 1 VS. DALLAS
The finish: The Thunder battled back from a seven-point deficit with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. OKC outscored Dallas 12-4 over that stretch, turning defensive stops (most notably two steals against Dirk Nowitzki) into scores at the other end.
The star: Kevin Durant. He got the kind bounce on his game-winner, an off-balanced 15-footer over Shawn Marion, with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Thunder to victory. Durant scored or assisted on 10 of the Thunder's final 12 points.
The result: Thunder, 99-98.
GAME 2 VS. DALLAS
The finish: The Thunder trailed by one point with one minute left. With its customary high-powered offense MIA — 5-of-13 shooting in the fourth quarter — Oklahoma City appeared headed for relinquishing home-court advantage. But the Thunder began to manufacture points at the free throw line, going 6-for-6 in the final 50.4 seconds.
The star: James Harden. In the fourth quarter, Harden had six points, five rebounds and three assists that led to another eight points. He went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 25.5 seconds to ice the game.
The result: Thunder, 102-99.
GAME 4 AT DALLAS
The finish: The Thunder entered the fourth quarter trailing 81-68, a 13-point margin that remained with 9 1/2 minutes left to play. But OKC peeled off a 15-2 run in a 3 1/2 minute stretch to tie the game and turn the tide. Oklahoma City outscored Dallas 35-16 in the final period, making 13-of-20 shots while holding the Mavs to 4-of-18 shooting. The Thunder didn't have a single turnover in the fourth quarter.
The star: James Harden. Once again, he supplied everything the Thunder needed, scoring or assisting on 24 of the Thunder's 35 fourth-quarter points.
The result: Thunder, 103-97.
GAME 2 VS. LAKERS
The finish: The Thunder trailed by seven with two minutes remaining. At that point, OKC closed the game on a 9-0 run. The Thunder held the Lakers to 12 fourth-quarter points and showed the Lakers that not even their preferred slowed tempo and low scoring could succeed in this series.
The star: Kevin Durant. He hit the go-ahead shot on a baseline runner over Pau Gasol with 18.7 seconds left. Durant scored five of the Thunder's nine points during that game-clinching spurt.
The result: Thunder, 77-75.
GAME 4 AT LAKERS
The finish: The Thunder trailed by 13 points with less than eight minutes to play and had not been closer than seven points since early in the second quarter. But OKC closed the game on a 25-7 run. Russell Westbrook sparked the surge on offense with nine straight points in a two-minute span. Defensively, the Thunder held the Lakers to 7-for-22 shooting in the final period.
The star: Kevin Durant. For the third time this postseason, Durant drained a game-winner. This time, it was a 3-pointer over Metta World Peace from the top of the arc. It capped his 11 fourth-quarter points. Durant also played shutdown defense on Kobe Bryant in the final four minutes, helping to hold the Lakers star to 2-of-10 shooting in the final period.
The result: Thunder, 103-100.