LOS ANGELES – The All-Star break was 12 minutes away, but the Thunder looked like a team 12 hours into vacation.
For the first three quarters on Thursday night in Los Angeles, OKC couldn’t hit an outside shot, couldn’t string together any stops and seemed like they couldn’t care less.
Then Kevin Durant got hot, the complimentary pieces started chipping in and the suddenly energized Thunder exploded past the depleted Lakers for a 107-103 comeback win.
“Just couldn’t get anything going,” Durant said of the first three quarters. “But that shows that we stay strong through the storms, keep fighting and made some big plays down the stretch.”
Thirty seconds into the fourth quarter, trailing 85-72, Durant dropped in a 27-footer. It was his first three of the night. Prior to that, he was 0-of-8 from deep.
It got him going. And it changed the complexion of the game.
Durant’s three was the start of a 20-2 Thunder run over the next six minutes, which gave OKC its first lead of the game with 6:16 left.
During that spurt, Durant had half of the points. And during the lopsided fourth quarter, which the Thunder won 35-21, Durant had 19 of his game-high 43 points.
It was his eighth 40-point game and 34th 30-point game of the season. He also added 12 rebounds and seven assists, a fitting closing act to his phenomenal first half.
“He is one of the best that I have seen in terms of really just playing through anything and everything,” Derek Fisher said. “Slow starts, the ball is not going in, he is just so confident in his ability.”
Beyond Durant, the Thunder got 21 huge points off the bench from Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher, who both hit crucial threes in the fourth quarter.