Some 12 hours later, I’m still stunned. I feel like we just watched a performance for the ages. Kevin Durant has always been amazing and he’s done this sort of thing before in regular season games, but in that moment last night with his team up against a wall, he came to the rescue.
Again, if you forgot: Durant had 16 of the Thunder’s final 20, including nine in the last two minutes. The pull-up 3. The and-1. The pretty step-back jumper over Afflalo. All so, so good. None bigger or better than his backdoor cut on Wilson Chandler and jumper over Nene with 15 seconds left. And then of course for good measure, he blocked J.R. Smith’s attempt on the other end. Amazing.
(One thing I didn’t mention last night but deserves to be: How about that timeout by Scott Brooks to even give the Thunder that opportunity? The team was a complete mess with the shot clock winding down. Russell Westbrook nearly threw the ball away, James Harden was trapped and a horrible shot was about to happen. But Brooks kept his head and called a terrific timeout. That’s what even gave Durant a chance to close it. And this block from Serge Ibaka which was entirely ridiculous.)
One question though: Who’s team is it KD? Oh that’s right. It’s his mother$%#@#% team.