With two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Thunder had mustered just 20 second-half points.
It was 22 minutes of basketball that threatened to ruin every ounce of good a rout just 48 hours earlier had created.
But what Oklahoma City did in those final 120 seconds was nothing short of sensational — especially given the style of play this ballgame had been in the first 46 minutes.
The Thunder stormed back from a late seven-point deficit to steal a 77-75 win in Game 2 on Wednesday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. With the narrow victory, the Thunder preserved home-court advantage and took a 2-0 series lead as this Western Conference semifinal now shifts to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4.
Maybe by the time the team lands in L.A., the Thunder will have regained a morsel of its offensive rhythm from Game 1.
Wednesday was nothing more than a slugfest, and it was Kevin Durant who delivered the final haymaker, getting a friendly roll on a baseline runner for the go-ahead bucket with 18.6 seconds remaining. Durant's favorable bounce was reminiscent of the shot he willed in against Dallas in the opening game of this playoff run.
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.