Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant hands off to Serge Ibaka for biggest shot in OKC's Game 2 win

Kevin Durant found Thabo Sefolosha for a wide-open 3-pointer with a minute to go to lift the Thunder to a 105-102 win in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,203 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 24, 2013

It had been mostly a second half to forget for Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.

But in the final 3:10 Durant took control in every facet, and helped the Thunder to a 105-102 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs in front of 18,203 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Durant hit a 3-pointer that put the Thunder ahead for the final time with 2:28 left, then dished to Thabo Sefolosha for a wide-open 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining to put the Thunder firmly back in control.

He also had a block and three assists in the final minutes.

“He’s really improved his playmaking,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s one of the things he’s really worked on. He’s not a selfish player.”

Now the Thunder has a chance to end the series before returning to Oklahoma City.

The Thunder head to Houston up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

Early in the fourth quarter, it looked like this one could wind up like Game 1, a Thunder blowout victory.

But down 15 with less than 10 minutes to go, the Rockets came back hard, reeling off a 21-2 run to take the lead before Durant took over.

Houston went to a zone defense late in the game and the Thunder struggled to react until Durant helped them regain control.

 “When you play a team like the Thunder, you’ve got to try some different stuff,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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