The show carried over seamlessly into the second quarter, as both teams' offenses somehow maintained their torrid paces. But at halftime, even after a flurry of fun offense, the game was tied at 62-all.
Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka carried the load for the Thunder, combining to score 43 points, while the Warriors' big three of Curry, Thompson and Lee combined to score 40 points.
But the Thunder temporarily ran out of gas in the third quarter and could only watch as the Warriors built an 11-point lead and pulled away. Westbrook was OKC's only real source of offense, remaining in attack mode and scoring 11 points in the period. His teammates generated just 13 points, and the Warriors ultimately outscored the Thunder 33-24 in the frame.
More troubling for the Thunder was Durant's inability to contribute.
After starting 4-for-4 from the field, Durant missed his next seven shots, five of them coming in the midst of Golden State's third-quarter run.
"I wasn't aggressive enough," Durant said. "Russ did have it going, and when somebody's got it going like that it's kind of hard to take the ball out his hands. I just got to be better. No excuses, man. I got to make shots."
Making matters worse, Durant picked up his fourth foul with 2:22 remaining in the third. Brooks, however, left Durant in and even started him for the fourth quarter.
Fourteen seconds into the fourth, Durant was called for a reaching foul on Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, forcing Durant to the bench. He didn't return until 8:54 was left in the game.
But Durant finally found his stroke when he nailed a 3-pointer with 5:31 that sparked the Thunder's comeback and pulled OKC within 108-100. It was Durant's first field goal since 11:12 was left in the second quarter but his final one of the game.
Still, the Thunder slowly cut into the deficit from there, getting a putback layup and three-point play from Ibaka to pull within five and a Sefolosha 3-pointer to cut it to three.
Curry missed a 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds, allowing the Thunder a chance to win it. Brooks let his players play it out, choosing to not call a timeout following the defensive rebound, and Westbrook delivered.
"I'm going for the win," Westbrook said of his clutch shot after the game. "I'm not trying to tie."
But Iguodala had just enough time to do him one better, leaving the Thunder on the wrong side of a barnburner that basketball fans everywhere enjoyed.
"It was fun," said Durant, "until the last shot."