For much of Wednesday night, not much went right for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kevin Durant struggled to get shots, James Harden’s game was off-kilter after early foul trouble and the Los Angeles Lakers seemed poised to head back home with the NBA playoff series tied.
Then, Durant and Harden made up for the first 46 minutes with two spectacular minutes to close.
Durant hit a 7-foot jump shot with less than 20 seconds left — and that was the exclamation point on a wild comeback that sent the Thunder to a 77-75 win in front of a sellout crowd of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Game 3 in the best-of-7 series is 9:30 p.m. Friday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
With the arena packed, a crowd estimated at more than 5,000 gathered in Thunder Alley, which is Reno Avenue in front of Chesapeake Energy Arena, to watch the game on the video board on the northwest side of the building.
Just as he was in Game 1, the Lakers’ Metta World Peace was booed loudly during pregame introductions and again each time he touched the ball or re-entered the game.
Everything else about Game 2 was different.
Durant managed just four first-half shots, and Harden had to sit out much of the second and third quarters after picking up his third foul early in the second.
With two minutes left, the Thunder trailed 75-68, and plenty of fans streamed toward the exits.