Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant is tired of being second best.
But without his running mate for the remainder of the postseason, he'll have
to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder to the top of the mountain on his scrawny
Aided by a fortuitous bounce, Durant took another step forward toward his
His go-ahead 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left capped a 41-point night and
lifted the Thunder to a thrilling 104-101 triumph over the Houston Rockets in
Game 3 of this Western Conference first-round series.
With his team trailing by two, Durant pulled up from the top of the arc. His
shot ricocheted sharply off the back of the rim and hovered at the height of
the shot clock. The ball came down and clanked off the front of the iron
before again hitting the heel. The sphere then hit off the glass before
falling through the hoop for a 100-99 Thunder edge.
James Harden threw the ball away at the other end to Derek Fisher, who calmly
sunk two free throws with 12.5 ticks to play. Harden quickly drove in for two
and Reggie Jackson, who started in place of the injured Russell Westbrook,
made two foul shots with 8.0 seconds left for a 104-101 margin.
Carlos Delfino's step-back triple from the right corner over the outstretched
arm of Serge Ibaka was off the mark at the buzzer and the Thunder moved to the
brink of sweeping the series.
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