Thunder coach Scott Brooks repeatedly insists such moments are about the trust between his players.
“We trust each other, man,” Durant said. “We live and die with those shots. Make the right play and they (Martin and Sefolosha) came up big for us. It's all part of the game. You've got to have trust if you want to be a good team. These guys are in the NBA for a reason. They can play.”
Is this trust a spoken thing, or is it just there?
“With this team, I think we all know what we're capable of doing, night in and night out,” Martin said. “I think that's where the trust comes in, right there.”
The contest was perplexing from many directions.
The Sixers came in ranked 29th in field-goal percentage at .411, yet shot .500 against the Thunder in regulation and .495 for the game.
Philadelphia led the NBA is defensive points allowed at 90.9, yet the Thunder had scored 85 points through the first three quarters before going into a deep freeze.
“I think they finally just started making shots,” Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said. “When you give a guy a lot of looks, a lot of open looks, they're going to eventually start lining the ball up, knocking down shots, and that's what they did.”
The Thunder has an off day Sunday and will host the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at 7 p.m.