He was 1-of-9 shooting. His team was struggling. He had just committed a terrible turnover. And you could tell he was ticked off.
So Kevin Durant bolted full speed toward the defensive end, determined to make up for his passing blunder with an acrobatic blocked shot.
But as he soared through the air, and whiffed on the swat, Durant was unintentionally undercut by Reggie Jackson.
From about 10 feet up, the Thunder's franchise cornerstone came crashing down with a large thud. As he remained on the floor, writhing in pain, silence swept the arena.
“It was very scary,” Serge Ibaka said.
“It definitely had your heart beating fast,” Kendrick Perkins said.
But what looked like a potential franchise crippler turned into a positive game-changer for the Thunder, the turning point in a needed 101-85 blowout of the Bucks.
Durant got up, shook it off and didn't miss a second of game action.
Bad news for the Bucks.
Struggling before the fall — with a 1-of-9 shooting line and mounting frustration — Durant turned it around immediately after it.
On the first post-tumble possession, Durant drilled a wide-open three. On the next, he drove in for an acrobatic layup. Less than a minute later, he slammed one in off a great setup from Jackson.
“That fall woke me up,” Durant said postgame. “One of my friends text me after the game and said when I fell, he dropped to his knees and prayed for me. So I guess that helped, too.”
Whatever it was, it worked.
At the time of the fall, dating back to the Denver game, he had missed 14 of his last 16 shots.
To end Saturday's win, he made seven of his last nine, compiling another ridiculous stat-line: 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
“He just refocused after that,” Kendrick Perkins said. “Sometimes things like that will get you going. Hate to say it, but it do.”
In the second half, Durant had his left wrist taped. When he left the arena, Durant had it in a brace. It was the body part that clearly took the brunt of the blow.
And although he seemed fine and the brace seemed precautionary, Thunder fans will hold their breath over the next few days, given the recent Russell Westbrook injury news that has been thrust upon them during off-days.
But if nothing comes of it, the OKC faithful can feel fortunate for that scary plummet.
It revitalized their star and catapulted their team to a needed victory. Even if it caused a few heart attacks in the process.