Denver pushed them to the brink.
The Los Angeles Lakers needed a Game 7 at home and the return of Metta World Peace to outlast the Nuggets and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.
Up next? Durant. Westbrook. Harden.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have their Big 3 – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden - muscle and shot blocking on the inside and depth at power forward and center positions.
What they don’t have is Kobe Bryant, who in his 16th season is still the game’s best closer.
As great as Bryant is, he’ll need help to get past the Thunder.
Paging Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
By the way, watch the elbows World Peace and watch out for them Harden.