Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant is tired of being second best.
But without his running mate for the remainder of the postseason, he'll have to carry the Oklahoma City Thunder to the top of the mountain on his scrawny shoulders.
Aided by a fortuitous bounce, Durant took another step forward toward his ultimate goal.
His go-ahead 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds left capped a 41-point night and lifted the Thunder to a thrilling 104-101 triumph over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of this Western Conference first-round series.
With his team trailing by two, Durant pulled up from the top of the arc. His shot ricocheted sharply off the back of the rim and hovered at the height of the shot clock. The ball came down and clanked off the front of the iron before again hitting the heel. The sphere then hit off the glass before falling through the hoop for a 100-99 Thunder edge.
James Harden threw the ball away at the other end to Derek Fisher, who calmly sunk two free throws with 12.5 ticks to play. Harden quickly drove in for two and Reggie Jackson, who started in place of the injured Russell Westbrook, made two foul shots with 8.0 seconds left for a 104-101 margin.
Carlos Delfino's step-back triple from the right corner over the outstretched arm of Serge Ibaka was off the mark at the buzzer and the Thunder moved to the brink of sweeping the series.