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Video: Kevin Durant’s monster fourth quarter in Game 1

Jun 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

Kevin Durant dropped 17 points on the Heat in the fourth quarter of Game 1. He showed off the versatility that makes him the best scorer in the game — he back down the smaller Dwyane Wade and shot over him, he drained a three, he attack the rim in transition and threw it down. Durant can score just about anyway you please and the Heat had no answer (or at least no answer they went to regularly, how often do you see LeBron James on him in this video?).

It was a masterful performance. Durant owned the game when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter. Everyone in Chesapeake Energy Arena loved it.

Well, not everyone.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Durant was incredible. Anyone else think he got taller since the WCFs? Amazing player.

    Anyway, Spo needs to get LBJ some rest early in these games. And Wade needs to play better. And the Thunder need to play worse. Other than that, everything’s completely under control.

  2. allmyteamsareterrible - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Hey Heat fans, if you want to see what a super star should do in the 4th quarter watch the video. It has got to burn that Durant consistently shines in the 4th quarter while Lebron consistently is a bum when his team needs it most.

    Thoroughly enjoy watching the Heat lose. If the Thunder win this year, I honestly don’t see the Heat winning for years to come. The cap space prevents them from building a team. They are forced to add ring chasing geriatrics at the league minimum, and will forever have a bench that looks like something I can see at a local rec league game. Hope to God you win this year Heat fans, because all you need is a more athletic and talented Thunder TEAM (look up team in the dictionary) beating you in the finals. It will be like Jordan was to Olajuwon, except Durant can’t play baseball so you won’t be able to sneak in a championship while Durant pursues a hobby.

    Love watching the Heat lose. Love watching their “fans” cry. Love watching Lebron wilt in the 4th.

    Different team, different players, same outcome, same failure, same Lebron. Maybe it’s not the people around Lebron…maybe it’s *gasp* Lebron. The only similarity between the Cavs and the Heat is Lebron and losing, just throwing it out there.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      “Love watching the Heat lose. Love watching their “fans” cry. Love watching Lebron wilt in the 4th.”

      Agree with that, but not the rest. Heat will be fine moving forward, regardless of what happens this series. Yes the Cap is going to hurt them (like a lot of “Superstars” teams) but they still have options. Re-up on Vets and make more run, then trade Wade for 3 quality players? Make a Wade/picks/players trade for D Howard? They have options and with James under contract they will be top 5 team for years.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        They need a lot more than Lebron, Dwyane (amazing that his name is spelled this way), and Bosh to win. News is Mike Miller wants to join the Heat, and these are exactly the types of players that they can attract. Mike Miller is not helping any team win a title, sorry it just won’t happen. They are incapable of building a team around Lebron and the rest of the big 3. They have no size on the interior, they have no point guard, they have no bench….if Lebron and Dwyane (dwee-ayne?) don’t have big games every time they play a contender they won’t win. I really don’t see how this will change in 5 years. They can not fit any young athletic talent on their team because of the cap. None. They will never have an effective 6th man or big man. This team is a dumpster fire. Look how it’s constructed, it’s a losing formula.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        And obviously I mean Andre Miller, but you can see why I would say Mike Miller. I deserve the thumbs down when they come, I just wanted to correct myself. Have a wonderful day.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        @allmyteamsareterrible

        this Heat team, in its current state, is good enough to get to the Finals…as proven the past 2 years. winning it? i think they can (just probably not this year). my point is with Lebron and Wade, they always have a very good shot. no one should be hitting the “panic button” if they lose.

  3. gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Durant of LBJ so start a franchise? There is no right answer lol. Kevin Durant is the best PURE scorer I have ever seen, his jumpers look like lay ups. And Lebron does so much for his team. Great matchup, Spo needs to keep Lebron on Durant the whole game, cant worry about being tired in the Finals

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Clearly Durant. Lebron might get you to the finals, and at some point with a good enough team he might win, but the media circus surrounding him and his lousy attitude and ridiculous view of how the sport and the world work aren’t worth the trouble in my opinion.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Brooks is going to keep Sefolosha on Lebron as much as possible going forward, clearly that was the way to take Lebron out of the game. He had basically two shots in 15 minutes with Sefolosha dedicated to him.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        The 4th quarter guards Lebron the best.

    • gpatrick15 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Durant, easily. LeBron is clearly the best physical player in the league, hands down, but Durant has many of the same attriubutes that LeBron has, plus the mental makeup necessary to win big. Durant shows the same mental accumen that the greats display: killer instinct. LeBron, as great a player as he is, just doesn’t have that. It’s not something that you can learn at this point.

      • gmen4life33 - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        You guys are ignoring everything Lebron does. Rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, defense, court vision. Durant is also good at these things, but Lebron is Top 3 for all of those, if not the best. And he can score too.

        Durant looked better last night because his team was better. OKC was built with the cost-effective draft. MIA was built with 3 max deals.

        Durant doesnt have to do some of the “dirty” work Lebron does, because Durant has Collison, Ibaka, Perkins, Sefolosha, Westbrook, Hardin. Lebron has an old “please foul me” Wade, and a less than 100% Bosh. If Durant and LBJ swapped teams last night, everyone would be saying Lebron was way better.

        Please dont make me defend Lebron again, I feel dirty

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