Because even when Kevin Durant misses, it goes in. Because Reggie Jackson can make a couple clutch free throws. Because Durant can score 41 if that's what it takes.
That's why the Oklahoma City Thunder don't need Russell Westbrook to beat the Houston Rockets.
Without their all-world point guard, who is out with a knee injury sustained in game two, the Thunder on Saturday went up 3-0 on the Rockets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Durant took 30 shots, missing 17 of them. He scored 41 points and had 14 rebounds and four assists. And he made the biggest shot of the night, a 3-pointer that flew long, popped straight up into the air, danced on the rim and fell through, putting OKC up 100-99 with 36 seconds left.
With eight seconds left, Jackson Westbrook's replacement went to the free-throw line to protect a one-point lead. He made both, putting the Thunder up 104-101, which was the final score.
So despite blowing all of a 26-point lead, on th...