Kevin Durant early & late: A. Durant was superb in the first quarter, when he scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and had four rebounds. He also had seven points on 3-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter, including OKC's only two baskets in the final 41/2 minutes.
Kevin Durant middle: D. Durant in the two middle quarters made just one of eight shots, scored four points and seemed to be pressing. The Maverick defense continually pushed Durant away from the basket.
James Harden adjustments: D. Harden looked like an all-star through 31/2 quarters, with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting, plus six assists. He constantly attacked the basket. But in the last six minutes, the Maverick zone neutralized Harden; he failed to score or assist and didn't even take a shot until a desperation 3-pointer in the final five seconds.
Ball security: C. One game after committing 26 turnovers, the Thunder cut that total in half. Westbrook and Durant combined for 15 turnovers in Game 4; they each had three in Game 5. But the Thunder committed seven of its turnovers in the pivotal fourth quarter.
By Berry Tramel