KEVIN DURANT scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the host Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City trailed by seven with 2 minutes left before surging back with a series of defensive stops by its stars to take a 2-0 lead.
Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum scored 20 points apiece for the Lakers, who came up empty on their last six possessions after Bynum's hook shot made it 75-68 with 2:09 remaining.
Russell Westbrook added 15 points for Oklahoma City.
Before the game, it was announced that the NBA fined Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks and center Andrew Bynum for separate violations during the team's first game. Ebanks was fined $25,000 for his actions before and after his ejection in the Lakers' 119-90 loss on Monday. Bynum was penalized $15,000 for not making himself available to the media following the Lakers' practice on Tuesday.
* Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was voted the NBA's Executive of the Year, becoming the first person to win that award, plus the MVP and Coach of the Year honors. The Pacers went 42-24 and are tied, 1-1, with Miami in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
* Two people familiar with the situation say the Bobcats will interview Orlando assistant Patrick Ewing on Thursday in Charlotte for their vacant head coaching position. The people say Charlotte will interview Memphis assistant Dave Joerger on Friday.