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OKC Thunder: Thunder rallies to edge Lakers

Kevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 17, 2012 at 12:25 am •  Published: May 16, 2012

It was a fitting end to a fabulous final stretch for Durant and the Thunder.

After scoring 48 points in the first half, the Thunder trailed 75-68 when a 20-second timeout was called with 2:08 left to play.

That's when the Thunder electrified its boisterous home fans who were begging for a comeback with chants of “Beat L.A.”

When the Thunder needed a spark, Durant, who admittedly spent much of the night passing too much, provided it. He scored five points of the Thunder's final nine points in the last two minutes. His free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining supplied the final margin.

James Harden started the game-clinching 9-0 run by scoring a driving layup. Durant then got a steal against Kobe Bryant and finished the sequence with a fast break dunk. After Harden blocked a shot by Bryant, he converted another fast break layup to pull the Thunder within one.

Durant then hit the go-ahead shot to put the Thunder on top 76-75.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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