Who needs a timeout when you have the 2014 MVP?
The Thunder defeated the Magic 117–114 in Oklahoma City on Wednesday thanks to a last-second game-winning three-pointer from Kevin Durant.
With the clock ticking down under 10 seconds and the score tied at 114, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo drove hard into the paint in search of a go-ahead hoop. Although Oladipo took it all the way to the rack, shot-blocking specialist Serge Ibaka swatted the lefty layup attempt. The Thunder immediately recovered the loose ball and, rather than stopping the clock to set up a play, they opted to let Durant work his way up the court in search of a potential winner.
Once the clock hit four seconds, Durant used a shimmy-shake left-to-right crossover to lose Tobias Harris before stepping back into a three-pointer from the left angle. The deep shot swished through with 0.5 seconds remaining, sending the Chesapeake Energy Arena into a tizzy. Oladipo missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
Durant finished with 37 points (on 12-of-25 shooting), five rebounds and five assists. He hit six three-pointers on the night. Russell Westbrook tallied a triple double with 24 points (on 10-of-18 shooting) 19 rebounds and 14 assists in the victory.
Oladipo led the Magic with 37 points (on 13-of-19 shooting), seven rebounds and four assists in a losing effort. Mario Hezonja added 16 points off the bench.
Oklahoma City improved to 38–13. Orlando dropped to 21–27.