Durant Seizes the Moment, Game 1
Kevin Durant comes to these moments cleansed of original basketball sin, burden free in the biggest moments. He doesn’t come to these fourth quarters chasing demons and ghosts and failures on an arduous climb to a championship. Everything moves so smoothly, so swiftly, those endless arms and legs unfolding in perfect symmetry. Fourth quarter, the ball comes to him and the best young scorer in basketball is still searching for the superstar to beat him. The stakes rise, defenses stiffen and, still, Durant unfurled the fabulous, full treatment on LeBron James and these Miami Heat.
Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant have come and gone in these playoffs, championships and MVPs left in the wake. So much has come so fast for Durant, but he’s earned everything. Here he was, introducing himself to the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, and, once again, Durant delivered everything that the stage demanded of him, honoring the moment with downright destruction in the final minutes of the Thunder’s 105-94 victory over the Heat.
Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s Game 1 win. (Reuters)His town, his platform and, perhaps, his time.