Thunders win against Mavericks owing to Kevin Durant’s exceptional performance
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Thunders win against Mavericks owing to Kevin Durant’s exceptional performance

San Francisco : CA : USA | Apr 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM PDT
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Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Wayne Durant, renowned American professional basketball forward with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association, is in the headlines for his exceptional performance in the last game with the Mavericks. Kevin Durant ensured he gave his best for his team’s much-awaited victory. With this win, the Oklahoma City Thunder have now won another playoff game at home against Dallas.

Kevin Wayne Durant scored 25 points and hit the winning jumper from the foul line just before the game was about to end. The Thunders eventually bagged a 99-98 victory over the Mavericks. This was the first game of the first-round playoff series and a convincing victory for the team must be a great morale booster for all the players, especially Kevin Durant. Kevin was pretty excited about the victory and satisfied for his performance. According to a Huffington Post report, Kevin said, "It's the playoffs” "No matter how it gets done, you've got to do it."

His team was trailing behind initially, but Durant maneuvered to the free throw line and got off a high-arcing shot over Shawn Marion, ending up hitting the rim and falling through the net. The Mavericks couldn’t get a shot off before the time ended and consequently lost the game.

Dirk Nowitzki, who hit two free throws with 9 seconds left to put Dallas ahead, talked about the tough encounter, saying, "If you have a timeout, you can move the ball (to half-court) and maybe have a look at it. But if you don't have a timeout, that's definitely a buzzer-beater," as reported in the same Huff Post report.

He further said, "It's tough. This is definitely as tough of a loss as you can get," adding, "But if a team can recover it, it's an experienced one and we definitely have a lot of older guys who have been through a lot."

Kevin Durant has played pretty consistently over the years. He is a well-built A 6'9" small forward, who won several Player of the Year awards when he was in college. After a standout freshman season at the University of Texas, Durant started his professional career after being selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Draft.

Owing to his hard work, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after his debut season. Almost two years ago, in 2009/10 season, Durant led the NBA in scoring and became the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title.

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