Kevin Durant said it perfectly in his postgame interview: “We were playing terrible.”
Yes, yes they were. They were down basically from tipoff, and dropped behind as many as 15 to the deeply wounded and tanktastic Lakers, as they had that kind of glazed over look an elite team has with a night to go before All-Star Weekend.
But guess what: Derek Fisher hit a 3 with 41 seconds left in the third, and after it, the Thunder went on a 22-5 run to eventually take their first lead of the game, 89-87, with 6:16 left in the fourth.
The big change? The Reaper arrived. Durant’s layup put the Thunder up, then he canned a 3 to put OKC up five, then got two free throws, then his step-back jumper to put OKC back up with 3:15 left, then hit a deep 3 with 2:02 left to put OKC back up five. All part of 19 points in the fourth quarter of his 43-point, 12-rebound and 7-assist evening at Staples. Yawwwwwn.