In less than two minutes to go everything began to change, leading by five, 70-75, Kobe's inbound very soft pass was intercepted by Kevin Durant that give a way to Kevin Duran't dunk. "That’s a great play by Durant," Kobe Bryant said. "It’s unconventional. He just jumped the passing lane and got a good steal."
Lakers was up by three, 72-75. Then Kobe forced an awkward fade away that James Harden blocked which created a two in one defense against James Harden who sliced the defense and made the lay-up.
Lakers lead by one and Oklahoma's Pick and roll made Durant free to make a running shot on the baseline with two Lakers defending him. "When it left my hand," Durant said, "I was close to the rim and I just tried to put some touch on it and it went in." It was the latest heroic shot for a player whose one-handed floater over Shawn Marion with 1.5 seconds left helped Oklahoma City sweep the Dallas Maverick's Dirk Nowitzki in Game 1 of the Thunder’s first-round series.
Oklahoma Thunder leads by one and it's now Lakers ball with 18 seconds left but Kobe did not aggressively attack the ball and wasted more the precious 10seconds because he was brilliantly fouled by Sefolosha with 5 seconds to left to play. Kobe could have attack the rim earlier, but no one on the Lakers bench reminded him that. The in bound play was terrible, Kobe who was able to get free from his defender turned away so Metha Worldpeace passed it to Steve blake near the sidelines who missed the game winning jumper for the Lakers.
Oklahoma wins the game with their less than two minute of play timely defensive stops. A 9-0 run on the last few minutes of the game was a heart breaker.
Kobe Bryant's crucial last five shots did not went in and it would have change the game and tied the series by a game a piece going back to LA.
"People talk about how I score the ball," said Kevin Durant, who finished with 22 points on nine-for-15 shooting. "They don't look at me when we go on the other end. I think this whole playoff run, I've been picking it up on the defensive end, just trying to get my hands on the basketball."
"That's what great players do," Lakers Coach Mike Brown said about Kevin Durant. "They take on the challenge at the end of the game and he did. He won the game for them, basically."