The Atlanta Hawks fall in heartbreaking fashion as Kevin Durant hits a go-ahead jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 111-109 win.
Atlanta jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and held it until the final moments of the game. For most of the night, the Hawks' execution was nearly flawless as they built up as much as a 14 point lead.
Durant led the comeback in the fourth scoring 13 of his game-high 41 points over the final 12 minutes. He tied the game on a drive with 2:11 remaining and then put the Thunder ahead 109-107 with a step back jumper over DeMarre Carroll with just 25.5 remaining. Replay showed that Durant delivered a two hand shove to Carroll's chest prior to help create space to receive the pass but no foul was whistled on the play.
Atlanta came right back by going inside to Paul Millsap who tied the game once again with 22 seconds left. That set the stage for Durant, who dribbled away from a double-team attempt by the Hawks and rose up over three defenders to knock down what would eventually be the game winner with 1.5 seconds remaining. The Thunder knocked away an attempted inbounds pass to Millsap on the final play to seal the victory.
Durant scored at least 30 points for the 11th consecutive game. He went 15-of-25 from the field and was 5-of-7 from three-point range. Reggie Jackson finished with 18 while Jeremy Lamb added 14 off the bench.
Millsap led seven different Hawks in double figures with 23 points. Mike Scott added 16 off the bench including a big three in the fourth quarter. Carroll finished with 15 points and five steals while Shelvin Mack made his second straight start for the injured Jeff Teague and finished with 15 points and seven assists.
Next up for Atlanta is a return home to face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.