Kevin Durant put it pretty well after the game. He said the team was in the position to win up one with 20 seconds left. They just didn’t get a rebound.
Truth right there.
After Durant hit a massive jumper with 20 seconds left to put OKC up 103-102, the Thunder needed just one stop. And they got it. Problem was, they didn’t get the rebound that goes with it. The Heat grabbed it, swung the ball out to LeBron James who found a wide-open Eddie House in the corner for a dagger 3 that put the Heat up two.
The game wasn’t over then, but it sort of felt like it. Durant got a decent look to tie the game but it rimmed out and OKC was left to foul. Again though, Dwyane Wade missed his second free throw, opening the door for a tying 3-pointer, except, you guessed it, the Thunder didn’t secure the rebound. Game over, 108-103.
When you’re as good as the Thunder, there’s absolutely no such thing as a moral victory, but at the same time, OKC was right in there against the class of the league. The Heat were full tilt in this one and OKC was withing one defensive rebound of finishing off a great win. Then again, maybe that last sentence says more about this Thunder team than anything. So close to greatness, but just missing a piece. Keep Reading…