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Recapping the Thunder's Game 5 comeback victory

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 28, 2011

Game 5 ended so late Wednesday night, perhaps some of you weren't thinking clearly when the contest ended.

Exactly how, pray tell, did the Oklahoma City Thunder erase a nine-point deficit in the closing minutes to post a heart-thumping, series-clinching 100-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets inside a crazed Oklahoma City Arena?

Which play was most important?

A) Serge Ibaka's block of a Kenyon Martin layup that would have given the Nuggets an 11-point lead.

B) Ibaka's block of Nene's follow attempt on the same possession, which James Harden somehow saved from going out of bounds deep in the corner.

C) Kevin Durant's 3-pointer seven seconds later that pulled the Thunder to within 91-85 and started him on a breathtaking flurry of 5-for-6 shooting from the field.

D) Nene's missed dunk that would have rebuilt his team's lead to eight.

E) Harden's block of Arron Afflalo's fade-away 10-footer that Kendrick Perkins rebounded and eventually led to a Durant 13-footer to make the score 91-88.

F) Ty Lawson's two missed free throws. He was 19 for 19 in the series to that point.

G) Harden's 3-pointer deep in the left-hand corner that tied the score at 91 with 1:50 left, which came after Denver was unable to secure a rebound off Durant's last miss of the game.

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