Kevin Durant sat quietly in the visitors' locker room, his head down and his eyes closed, a pair of oversized headphones on his ears. It was less than two hours before the Oklahoma City Thunder would face the San Antonio Spurs in the pivotal Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, and the D.C. native was the very picture of the calm before the storm.

Durant and Oklahoma City would win a down-to-the-wire contest 108-103 for a 3-2 series lead. The Thunder silenced many of the critics who predicted that the more-experienced Spurs would roll over them, especially after San Antonio won the first two games decisively.

As it turns out, the Spurs had no expectations that this series would be easy, mainly because of Durant.