But the craziest moments of all were reserved for the final 20 seconds or so. Durant scored a basket, then Westbrook came up with a steal, and after a referee’s review kept possession with the Thunder, Westbrook was fouled by Paul while shooting a three.
He hit all three free-throws with 6.4 seconds left to give the Thunder a one-point lead.
But the Clippers still had plenty of time to score. After a timeout, Paul took the inbounds pass and dribbled toward the goal, but as he approached the lane, Reggie Jackson helped a bit off of Jamal Crawford and got a fingertip on the ball.
It came out of Paul’s hand and was scooped up by Ibaka.
He gathered it in as the final buzzer sounded.
How did the Thunder do it? How did the Thunder win on a night that Durant was 6 of 22 and Ibaka managed only eight points?
“Faith, man,” Westbrook said during his postgame interview on TNT. “We did a good job of just staying together, kept chipping away and staying together.”