(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Down seven points with two minutes left, the Thunder found a way to shock the Lakers and come away with the win.
Kevin Durant scored 22 points in the victory for Oklahoma City, but his biggest basket came with 18 seconds left when he nailed an 18-foot baseline runner to give the Thunder a 76-75 lead.
The Lakers did have a chance to take the lead in the last ten seconds, but Metta World Peace was unable to find Kobe Bryant and instead passed to Steve Blake who missed a wide-open three-pointer and the Thunder held on to a 77-75 win on Wednesday night.
“If we would have gotten down on ourselves with two minutes to go, we would have lost by 12 and we would go to L.A. 1-1,” said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks.
“Blake was wide open. We didn’t have any timeouts left and he got a clean look, a really good look,” World Peace said of the Blake shot. “He can knock that down.”
Game 3 will be Friday night in Los Angeles.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire