OKLAHOMA CITY Thunder forward Kevin Durant had been over-passing all night, frustratingly so, giving the ball up on much easier shots than this obstacle course that lay ahead of him now.
So pass seemed like a good guess.
Instead, KD drove. He drove without fear of what if, without doubt of himself, without the burden of previous failures which do exist. It ended with him floating in a seven-footer over Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol with 18.6 seconds remaining.
This was the moment in Oklahoma City's 77-75 victory over L.A. in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday, and KD had owned it.
"As a kid, you always counted down in your backyard. You want to make that last shot, or you want to take it," Durant said. "And if I miss, I am going to walk off the court like nothing happened and wait for that next opportunity. There are going to be times when I miss those shots. But I know if it comes around again I am going to have the confidence to take it."
And at tha...