Kevin Durant hit the go-ahead basket with 5.8 seconds to go, then blocked Chris Paul's potential game-winning attempt to preserve a Thunders win over the Clippers 100-99.
LOS ANGELES – Kevin Durant needed less than six seconds flat to make two game-winning plays, one on each end.
The Thunder defeated the Clippers 100-99 on Monday thanks to a go-ahead, pull-up jumper and a game-sealing block at the buzzer from the 2014 MVP.
The back-to-back highlights closed out a somewhat sloppy and disjointed contest that nearly saw Russell Westbrook give away the game with a late turnover that led to a Chris Paul layup with 10.9 seconds left.
Instead, Durant restored order, pulling up to hit a mid-range jumper over Luc Richard Mbah a Moute with 5.8 seconds left.
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After a timeout, Paul sought out a jumper from the right angle, only to have Durant step out and block the potential buzzer-beater as time expired.
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Durant’s heroics improved Oklahoma City to 8-1 in its last nine games and 19-9 for the season. He finished with 24 points (on 10-for-24 shooting), nine rebounds and seven assists. Westbrook led the Thunder with a game-high 33 points (on 11-for-25 shooting), seven assists and five rebounds.
Paul paced the Clippers with a team-high 32 points (on 11-for-19 shooting), 10 assists and five rebounds. Blake Griffin added 15 points (on 7-for-21 shooting) and seven rebounds in the loss.
L.A. fell to 16-13 on the season with its third straight loss.