Kevin Durant is a superstar.
We already knew that. But apparently we needed a reminder.
With Oklahoma City trailing Memphis by five with about 20 seconds remaining in regulation, a pass from the Thunder's Russell Westbrook toward Durant was deflected by the Grizzlies' Tony Allen. Westbrook was able to recover the ball and sent an off-balance pass to Durant.
The Thunder star was immediately pushed out of bounds by Marc Gasol, but not before putting up a prayer of a shot -- which somehow made it through the hoop for a three-pointer. Durant then made the foul shot to complete the four-point play and pull his team to within one with 13 seconds remaining.
Because of that unlikely play, Oklahoma City was able to force overtime but ended up on the losing side of a 111-105 score, which evened the first-round playoff series at 1-1.
After the game, Durant was asked whether it was the best shot of his career.
“I don't know, man,” he said. “We lost, so it really don't matter.”
He's right, at least as far as the Thunder and its fans are concerned. For the rest of us, however, that play was a sight to behold that we can (and should) watch over and over.
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