OKC Thunder: Dunk at buzzer lifts Orlando past Thunder

by Anthony Slater Published: February 7, 2014

— Kevin Durant missed the jumper and stared.

Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha collided on the rebound attempt, rendering them useless.

Serge Ibaka was trailing the play, just chilling.

And Jeremy Lamb was left by his lonesome, without enough help to stop one of the wildest late-game losses in Thunder history.

Magic 103, Thunder 102, the Orlando game-winner Friday night coming on a buzzer-beating 3-on-1 dunk as time expired.

“We could’ve got back,” a frustrated Scott Brooks said afterward. “KD didn’t get back, Thabo didn’t get back, Reggie was jogging back.”

The wild sequence at Amway Center was set into motion with six seconds left, OKC up one, and Durant attempting to ice the game with one of those feathery fadeaways that have been nearly automatic the past month.

But Durant’s attempt was errant, drilling back iron and sending a long rebound out toward the 3-point line. As both Sefolosha and Jackson crashed in for the rebound, Magic rookie Victor Oladipo deftly snared it with his left hand and, in one motion, accelerated by them with four seconds on the clock.

“You don’t go for a steal,” Brooks said. “You get back. It’s a 50-50 ball, if you don’t come up with it, you have to get back.”

But the Thunder’s fate wasn’t sealed.

Lamb hustled into the backcourt and put himself in a good position to challenge Oladipo’s attempt. Rerouted, Oladipo was forced to pass the ball.

With two seconds left, he hit Mo Harkless with quick bounce pass. And in a gutsy move given the lack of time, Harkless left it for Tobias Harris, the trailer, who slammed it in as time expired.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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