May 18, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots a basket against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers small forward Metta World Peace (15) during the first half of game three of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant drills clutch three as Thunder escape L.A. with 103-100 Game 4 win

Kevin Durant showed the world again why he’s the most clutch player on the planet Saturday night.

With the ball in his hands and the game tied at 98, Durant walked into a 25-foot 3-pointer a la Rucker Park to give Oklahoma City the lead for good.

The Thunder would hold on to win the game 103-100 and take a commanding 3-1 series lead back to Oklahoma City for Game 5 Monday night.

The Thunder were behind for almost the entire game before finishing the game on a 13-4 run in the final 4:15.

Durant’s three was the most clutch moment but it was his defense on Kobe Bryant in the final minutes that really was the reason why the Thunder came back.

With 4:28 left, Kobe made a 17-foot fadeaway over James Harden to put the Lakers up 96-90. Bryant would miss his next five jump shots mostly with Durant on him.

Bryant finished with a game-high 38 points on 12-for-28 shooting from the field and made 14-of-17 free throws.

Durant scored 31 points and had 13 rebounds in the game but Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 37 on the night and was 15-for-26 from the field in the game.

Westbrook really carried the Thunder offense in the second half while Durant had a hard time getting looks and getting to the line and Harden didn’t have his usually rhythm either.

The Thunder shot 49.4 percent from the field in the game and attempted just four less free throws than L.A. The Lakers did outrebound Oklahoma City by four including 18 offensive rebounds.

For the second time this series, the Thunder steal a game that the Lakers should have won. That’s what this team does this season. You have to beat them for 48 minutes.

The Thunder are now up 3-1 in the series and will host the Lakers Monday night for Game 5.

Tags: Game 4 James Harden Kevin Durant Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Western Conference Semifinals

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