It doesn’t always have to be pretty.
For a good portion of it, it was though. The Thunder went up 12 with 8:07 remaining, and against a Jazz team that appeared to be in desperate need of some creativity and scoring, they could just sort of sail in for a soft landing for their fourth straight win.
Instead, the Jazz cranked up their energy, and the Thunder didn’t in return, eventually getting it all the way back to square, 87-87, with 1:23 remaining.
Kevin Durant then did that thing. Simple play, high screen-and-roll with his man trailing on his hip, Durant pulled from 3 and splashed down to put the Thunder back up, 90-87. Then to stamp it, he hit a pull-up elbow jumper with 11 seconds left to put OKC up five after Russell Westbrook had missed one that Steven Adams kept alive and fell to Dion Waiters. Keep Reading…