To say that Kevin Durant was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on this three-pointer that went down with 36.9 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets would be an understatement.
The ball first hit the back of the rim, then bounced off high into the air, before landing softly on the front of the rim and then the back once more before falling through the net.
The shot put the Thunder back up for good, after the Rockets had erased all of a 26-point first half lead to go up by two on a three-pointer from Francisco Garcia on the previous possession.
After the game, James Harden characterized the shot as exactly what it was, via Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston.
“He just made a lucky shot,” Harden said. “It was good defense. The ball bounced three times on the rim and just went in and it kind of took some of the energy out of us. It was a big-time shot.”
Durant himself went with something a little stronger than luck when speaking about the shot afterward, via Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
“The Lord was with us,” Durant said of his final shot. “That’s all I was thinking. As soon as I shot it and it hit the back of the rim I was thinking, ‘Not again. A tough 3 I shot. Maybe I should have drove. Maybe I should have got a foul.’ But it bounced in all because of the good Lord, man.”