Kevin Durant drops a hammer on the Los Angeles Lakers. Thunder win 103-100
LOS ANGELES –The Lakers bench players either shook their heads in disbelief, let their jaws drop or tried to bury themselves in the palms on their hands as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant drained a fatal 3-point blow to seal Game 4.
If the Thunder move on to win it all, the obligatory DVD will be titled The Art of the Comeback.
With just 8 minutes left the Lakers appeared to have their foot on the Thunder’s throat with a 13-point lead.
This series was set to be tied 2-2 with the momentum trending towards Kobe Bryant and his surrounding cast.
There are no ties, there is only a pit and in that pit lie a Lakers team that is one game away from elimination.
Bryant is hyper aware of this and after the game he served up some tough love directed at his teammate Pau Gasol.
“Pau has got to be more aggressive,” Bryant said of Gasol, who managed just 10 points and five rebounds while committing three turnovers. “He’s got to be aggressive, got to shoot the ball, drive to the basket, and he will next game.”
Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder with 37 points and five assists. Durant double-doubled with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Serge Ibaka walked away with five blocks.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 38 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Andrew Bynum was pivotal in support until the fourth period with nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks.
The Thunder can put the Lakers away on their home court Monday night.