Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Durant simply was “jumping over us and hitting shots.”
The same stout defense that Dallas forward Shawn Marion had displayed in Games 1 and 2 was no match for Durant this time.
“Look, he's a great player,” Carlisle said of Durant. “He's the best scorer on the planet. And Marion did a phenomenal job for two games, and tonight Durant picked his level up a little bit and he was making some of those contested shots. What was he, 11-of-15? I mean that's a phenomenal shooting night in a game that their spreading the ball around quite a bit.”
With 4:54 left to play, Durant dropped in his final shot on a straightaway 3-pointer. It gave the Thunder a 26-point lead. It prompted Brooks to empty his bench.
And it quite possibly ripped the heart out of the defending champs and their die-hard fans down in Big D.