4. Ball don’t lie: After Fisher’s 3, Jeremy Lamb tipped an inbounds pass by John Salmons, and the ball squirted into the hands of Durant of all people. Durant scooped it and attacked the basket. But he appeared to get hacked by Salmons. No call. It was ruled a blocked shot, and the Raptors recovered the rebound. The Thunder fouled Salmons, but he stepped to the foul line and missed both free throws. When he did, Durant rebounded the second miss (another big defensive play by Durant) and the Thunder called timeout with 8.8 seconds remaining, setting up Durant’s dagger.
5. No shot: If the Thunder didn’t pull out the win, there would have been statewide second-guessing. Because with the ball and the shot clock off at the end of regulation, OKC didn’t even get a shot off. The Raptors double-teamed Durant at the top of the key, forcing him to pass it off. When he did, sending it to Fisher late in the clock, Fisher had trouble gathering it in and fired it up too late. Even though the Thunder has been much better at late-game execution this season, that play would have become the focal point had OKC lost.