Durant Scores Career High in Thunder Win
Only four of Kevin Durant’s buckets were assisted during his career-high 52-point performance Friday night in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 117-114 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.
It was far from an efficient performance from the floor by Durant’s phenomenal standards. He made only 13 of 31 field goal attempts, hitting a cold spell while the Mavs made their fourth-quarter comeback (2-of-11 from the floor in that frame). But Durant was 8-of-8 in the line in the fourth quarter to allow the Thunder to survive the Mavs’ miraculous rally.
“I was upset with myself in the fourth quarter,” Durant said after exceeding his previous career high by one point. “I missed so many shots, and I wasn’t taking it to the rim. I wasn’t putting pressure on the defense, so I was just trying to make up for it in overtime.”
And Durant simply took over in overtime. Marion could do nothing but give the three-time NBA scoring champion credit for the last shots Durant hit, a couple of one-legged jumpers he borrowed from Dirk Nowitzki’s arsenal.