With March Madness heartache in full effect, Kevin Durant doled out a little of his own, NBA-style.
Durant hit a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the second overtime period lifting his Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119 to 118 win.
It was a crushing affair considering the Raptors went toe-to-toe with the powerful Thunder, even coming back in the fourth to send the game to OT.
The Raptors opened the game against the Thunder giving up straight line drives to the net and allowing Durant to play his game. To end the first, Durant finished with a beautiful pull up jumper and OKC took a two-point lead of 22-20.
The Raps returned during the second quarter on an 8-0 run to lead the Thunder 28-22. Demar DeRozan led all the scorers with 10 points and Amir Johnson was not too far behind with 8 points and 4 rebounds. However, The Thunder answered back with Durant and Reggie Jackson knocking down some shots of their own. The half finished with Toronto leading 46-42 and Amir Johnson with 12 points, which included a monster dunk, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
The third was simply a big round of back-to-back free throws for both teams and Russell Westbrook going down hard with seven minutes left in the quarter. Westbrook left the game, not to return, later being diagnosed with a sprained knee. Thank goodness for DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry because Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas had poor shooting nights. Lowry and DeRozan kept the Raps close and made huge plays in the fourth quarter, especially late, keeping Toronto within striking distance. Toronto closed the quarter on a 7-0 run, and Amir Johnson tied the game at 96 with 17 seconds left. The Thunder couldn't convert, and it was off to overtime.
Overall, both overtimes were tight every second of every minute. Kevin Durant knocked down a long three during the first OT to take the lead 103-100 but Lowry answered back with a beautiful three of his own. Raptors, please keep this point guard!
Toronto looked like they had the win, grabbing a 118 to 110 lead after a pair of Kyle Lowry free-throws, and only 49 ticks remaining in the match.
But in vintage Raptors' fashion, Durant came back down and nailed a ridiculous three-pointer, the Raps couldn't convert at the other end, Derek Fisher made his first three in five years, and suddenly it was a two-point game with 15 seconds left.
With Greivis Vasquez fouling out on an awful offensive foul call, John Salmons was inserted and promptly made a mess of things. He nearly turned the ball over right under his own basket on an inbounds play, then missed two huge free-throws, keeping the oxygen flowing into the Thunder's once comatose frame.
And then it was KD time.
The Slim Reaper already had 48 points in this one, but hit the 51 mark on a huge 31-foot three pointer with 1.9 seconds left.
OKC took the win.
This meant DeRozan's 33 point outing and Lowry's 25 point effort were all for naught, and Amr Johnson finished the game with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks, moving into second on the Dinos' all-time blocks list.
OKC’S MVP Kevin Durant finished with 51 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
Sidenote: Salmons, I don’t know how many times a professional basketball player practices free throws, but those are free shots. Get out of your head and make at least one.
Sarah’s Eye: How much gum was Caron Butler chewing? It looked like some serious Hubba Bubba or Bubbilicious.