The Thunder found itself in an all too familiar place, trailing at home to start the fourth quarter.
And maybe Oklahoma City likes it that way.
Entering the final 12 minutes, the Thunder has been behind in five of its nine home games, including a five-point hole against Minnesota on Sunday.
But like the four times before it, OKC flipped on that invisible switch, cranking up the energy, sparking the crowd, overwhelming the opponent and storming back for another late win.
The final in this one was 113-103, a redemption win over the Timberwolves aided by a dominant 35-20 fourth quarter.
It extended the Thunder's conference-best win streak to seven and finished off a perfect 6-0 homestand.
“I love Loud City,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, when asked about the fourth quarter dominance. “They keep us going. We've got a great crowd that our players don't want to let down. It's as simple as that.”
Well, maybe not that simple.
This late surge also had a bit to do with Kevin Durant, who had six points, six assists and four rebounds in the fourth quarter, completely seizing control of the game.
In all, he finished with his fourth career triple-double, compiling 32 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and four blocks.
“He's one of the few guys who can do that,” Brooks said.
Actually, he's one of only two guys to have ever done it, with it being a stat-line of at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and four blocks. The other – Michael Jordan – puts him in pretty good company.
“I wish I could've made a few more shots,” Durant said of his historical performance, which included an efficient 14-of-21 clip from the field.
But beyond Durant's greatness, this late comeback was sparked by Reggie Jackson (5-of-5 for 11 points in the fourth) and an energy boost on the defensive end.
And that continues to develop as both an impressive and worrisome trend.
The Thunder defense commonly starts the game sluggish, giving up big numbers like the 83 points Minnesota had in the first three quarters on Sunday night.
But it also continues to close strong.
The Timberwolves had 20 points on 6-of-23 shooting in the fourth on Sunday. And overall, in the Thunder's five fourth-quarter comebacks at Chesapeake Energy Arena, it has outscored opponents by a combined 50 points.
“We got into them, we touched them up and we didn't let them run,” Durant said of the fourth quarter defense. “(But) we have to do that all game.”