The Oklahoma City Thunder let a big lead slip through their fingers in the second half, but Kevin Durant wouldn't let them fall short in regulation. His scoop shot with seconds left on the clock would give the Thunder five more minutes of life in Game 4.
Oklahoma City had a 17-point lead earlier in the game, but shots started falling for the Memphis Grizzlies, their defense locked down, and they put themselves in a position to win the game with the clock winding down.
With the Thunder on the verge of dropping Game 4 and falling into a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 hole to the Grizzlies, Durant took matters into his own hands.
The Thunder took the ball out of bounds at the half-court line, Durant came off of one screen and then another and grabbed the inbounds pass at the top of the key.
A quick move back in the other direction shook Tony Allen away from him, and he had an easy lane to the hoop.
With Allen behind him, Zach Randolph directly to his left and Marc Gasol pulled out of position by Serge Ibaka posted up in the corner, Durant had just Mike Conley to get through in order to score.
Not wanting to foul Durant and give him a chance for a three-point play, Conley seceded and only half-contested Durant's scoop shot.
Wish Stacey Augmon hadn't gotten the nickname first, because Durant is for sure the real Plastic Man.— Flynty (@NickFlynt) May 14, 2013
When Kevin Durant effortlessly drives to the rim, for a brief moment, I feel that all is right with the world. It's poetry in motion.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 14, 2013
Kevin Durant just screwed in the light bulb.— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) May 14, 2013
The shot tied the game at 94 apiece, and after Randolph missed on an attempt to tie on the other end, we were headed into overtime.
He may not be able to do everything for the Thunder throughout an entire game, but one possession is obviously no problem.