Durant, standing in front of his bench as Jackson stood at the stipe with three seconds remaining, could barely watch. He turned his back to Jackson and spoke with a Thunder assistant coach on the first attempt. He kneeled over and snuck a peak at the second.
When he saw it splash in, Durant gave a fist pump.
When Grizzlies guard Mike Conley missed a contested potential game-tying 3 just before time expired, Durant ran over to Jackson, sucked him into his arms and refused to let him go.
Jackson’s performance also made up for a 15-point night by Russell Westbrook, who went 6-for-24 from the floor.
Durant and Westbrook combined to miss 11 of 13 3-pointers and turn it over 12 times.
For Durant, it was his third straight struggle in this series.
In the last three games, Durant is shooting 27 of 76 from the floor. He’s 6-for-27 from 3-point range.
“KD got great looks,” Brooks said. “It was just one of those nights. The ball was bouncing in and out…I feel for him because he was doing everything right and setting himself up to get good looks.”