It happened in the third.
We didn’t know it at the time, but that’s when the watershed came and went and the ending was written out in whatever primordial script tells the history of humanity. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook kept fighting even after the tide had turned, but waves of Warrior three-pointers eventually caught up to a Thunder team that’s got the Western Conference champions singing their praises on TNT even as we type.
The Thunder looked frisky enough in the first half that we thought this would go to overtime, or come down to some awful boneheaded play or spectacular shot to finish regulation. Or, Silver forbid, another referee’s blunder.
Except, when Steph starts entering Splash mode, thoughts of a buzzer beater started to wane.