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.