Kevin Durant said he wasn’t really into the message sending business. Just another regular season game against another regular season team.
But as he often does, KD couldn’t help but send a few. One, this MVP thing isn’t over. And two, his team is pretty stinking good.
I don’t know if it really was a Finals preview, but if so, after one take, the Thunder looked like they’ll be pretty prepared for it. Durant completely outplayed LeBron James, the Thunder’s supporting cast whipped the Heat and despite Russell Westbrook suffering through a miserable 4-of-16 shooting night, Oklahoma City handled the Heat 103-87. Durant’s complete 28-point, nine-rebound, eight-assist performance is the hook, but really it was the locust swarm of Thunder defense that did the Heat in. OKC was in every Miami passing lane forcing 21 turnovers and didn’t let LeBron, Wade or anyone else get into any kind of comfortable position.
The Thunder followed in step behind their leader as KD wonderfully owned this game. He was selective, unselfish and totally locked in. Not that Durant ever isn’t, but you could tell he was ready for his primetime matchup against LeBron. I don’t think you could say the same thing the other way. Just in the first half, Durant had 18 on 8-of-10 and dished out six assists. There was a tone set and Durant was leading the way. Keep Reading…