Paul George's heroics have lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-111 win over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Arena on Wednesday (NZ time).
Having trailed the entire game, the All Star guard sank a three-pointer from the corner with just 1.8 seconds remaining to erase a 13-point fourth quarter deficit and steal an unlikely win.
Rockets MVP candidate James Harden had a decent look from long range in the dying seconds to claim back the lead, but couldn't make it count.
Kiwi centre Steven Adams made a valuable contribution to his side's comeback, pulling down 13 rebounds to go with his eight points.
George finished the game with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Russell Westbrook notched another triple-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Harden was the best of the Rockets, with 39 points and 10 rebounds.
The win propelled Oklahoma City one game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for the number six seed in the Western Conference, and could prove critical in a tight race to avoid the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs.
If the standings hold, they'll meet the Rockets in round one.
The Thunder have one game left in the regular season, when they’ll take on the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.