OKLAHOMA CITY —
“I guess it was my turn,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to make sure we had the last shot. I didn’t even try and look at the goal until I came out of my move. That’s when I looked. In my head, the clock was going down. You kind of have a feel for it. Basically instincts.”
Williams, who started at shooting guard, scored a game-high 29 points to go along with four assists and five steals. Forward Paul Pierce chipped in with 18 points on 6-for-18 shooting for the Nets. Johnson had nine points and four rebounds.
“The thing is we stayed together,” Pierce said. “Even through tough times, this team was sticking together, trying to find a way and use the new year as a resolution to turn things around.”
Durant paced the Thunder with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He also racked up five turnovers to go with four rebounds and four assists. Ibaka added 10 points and 11 boards.
The Thunder were outrebounded 34-33, and they committed 21 team turnovers, including 14 in the second half.
“We’ve just got to do better,” Durant said. “It’s tough to swallow, losing at the buzzer like that after being up by so much.”
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