It really just sort of felt like it was time for Kevin Durant. After the way he carried Team USA in Turkey, he was ready for this.
His Thunder didn’t start the way they wanted. I don’t think they played the way they wanted. But behind his playoff career-high 41 points, they certainly finished the way they wanted. KD was up to the the moment. He was ready for the challenge. During one stretch spanning between the third and fourth quarters, Durant had a hand in 22 of 25 OKC points. He had 16 at the half on 4-9, but 9-13 in the second, including 3-4 from 3.
“I’ve been preparing and putting in a lot of work,” he said. “Last year in the playoffs I didn’t shoot the ball the way I wanted to. But it’s a new season. My teammates always encourage me and put me in good positions to score and tonight they did that.”
But that’s just Durant. You know a guy played wonderfully when his teammate goes for 31 on 12-23 shooting and he gets a bit overshadowed. But not only did Russell Westbrook combine with Durant for 72 of OKC’s 107, but he hit the biggest shot of the game, pretty much icing the Nuggets with 30 seconds left. Well, I guess that depends on who you ask. Maybe the biggest shot of the game was one that probably shouldn’t have counted. Keep Reading…