Kevin Durant Lifts Oklahoma City To Game 1 Victory Over Memphis Grizzlies

May 5, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tayshaun Prince (21) during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Rockets defeated the Thunder 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant might not have won the MVP award, but his performance in game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies was certainly on an MVP level.

The Grizzlies put up a great game and OKC were in trouble. After putting together a little run, the Thunder managed to get within striking distance in the final moments of the game, and that was all Durant needed.

First, Durant made a huge shot to put the Thunder within one point of their opponents. Following a stop, the shot clock was turned off and Durant brought the ball up the floor and knocked down this long mid-range jumper that gave Oklahoma City the lead.

After Reggie Jackson knocked down two free throws, the Thunder managed to close the game out and have now taken a crucial 1-0 lead in the series.

Durant was naturally the focal point of OKC’s offense and took 26 shots in the game. He recorded 35 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots.

 

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Topics: Memphis Grizzlies, NBA Playoffs, Oklahoma City Thunder

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