Kevin Durant drove the lane, spotted his veteran and fired an on-point pass. Collison buried the corner three he has been tirelessly working on after every practice. It tied the game at 72. The Thunder would never again trail.
“Nick hit a big shot going into that fourth quarter,” Durant said.
And OKC’s stars took it from there. Durant was a monster, finishing with 39 points and 16 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook arrived right in time, making important plays in the fourth.
But with the Thunder’s third wheel back in the locker room, a 20-year-old rookie and a 10-year veteran were called upon. Using completely different tactics, both produced their best performances of the playoffs in the most crucial moment.