Durant Struggles, Steve Adams Buzzer-Beater Milliseconds Late as Mavs Win Game 2 vs. OKC (Videos)
Just two days after suffering an embarrassing 38-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their playoff opener, the Dallas Mavericks managed to regroup and bounce back in a big way, beating OKC in Game 2 on Monday, 85-84.
What the game lacked in offense, it surely made up for in dramatics, as it appeared for a moment as though Steven Adams had given the Thunder a one-point victory with a buzzer-beating tip-in. But upon further review, the bucket was deemed no good and the Mavs were awarded the win, evening the series at 1-1.
Here’s a look at Adam’s buzzer-beater that wasn’t:
That millisecond was one of the differences in this game, but it wasn’t the only one. Kevin Durant‘s shooting was also an issue for the Thunder.
KD finished the game with just 21 points while hitting only 7 of his 33 field-goal attempts. His 26 errant shots tied Michael Jordan’s record for most missed field-goals in a playoff game since they began recording the stat in 1984–Jordan’s 26 misses came against the Heat in 1997.
Among Durant’s 26 missed field-goals was his failed attempt before the buzzer (from the video above), and back-to-back misses with just over 20 seconds remaining and the Thunder trailing by two:
And suddenly, we have ourselves a series.
Game 3 is set for Thursday in Dallas. You think Mark Cuban is excited:
Cuban’s awkward chest bump made me laugh pic.twitter.com/I9Fa7ALo7i
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 19, 2016