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Kevin Durant hits a ridiculous and-1 shot off the top of the backboard (VIDEO)

Dec 20, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

Kevin Durant is a scorer in a true sense of the word. The man can get buckets in virtually every way imaginable, including by using every part of the basket to get a shot to go down, as he did while converting this and-1 play in the third quarter of his team’s loss in Minnesota on Thursday.

Durant drives left, before crashing into Luke Ridnour who was trying to get in place to draw a charge. The officials ruled he got there late, and Durant fought through the contact to force the shot up, one that found its way through the hoop for two after rolling along the top of the backboard first.

Incredible shot from Durant, but I couldn’t help but think about how that would have went down at the pickup ball level. I don’t know about you, but not everyone I regularly play with has a great grasp of the rules on plays like these, and this would have been an argument of no less than 15 minutes as the two teams tried to figure out if this shot should have indeed counted, as dictated by the official rules of the game.

[via Royce Young]

  1. gsproof - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Offensive foul.

    • monkeyhateclean - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      The thumb downs you get merely show how OKC fans (and NBA refs) are essentially zombies.

      Ridnour had his feet set well in advance of Durant plowing into him, the video is right there, and is indisputable. Sadly, Durant is a member of NBA aristocracy and Ridnour is merely a serf. Even in his house, he’s not going to get an obvious charge.

      How hilarious it would be to read the melt-downs from OKC fans if Ridnour and Durant were exchanged on this very same play.

      • shaner329 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

        Durant still got called on an obvious flop by Barea in the 4th, so that’s not entirely true. The NBA refs just make bad mistakes a lot

    • bkunza - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Durant gets more calls than any player in the NBA! That was a charge!

      • rtfinch - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        Didn’t Durant get called for an offensive fould on a bad flop, THEN get a tech for arguing? Let’s look how many HEAT players get techs for arguing, they do it every time someone falls.

  2. savvybynature - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Durant is a great player, but let’s not go overboard.

    That went in because of luck, not because Durant was “using every part of the basket to get a shot to go down.”

    • davidly - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Well, let’s be realistic. It’s not luck in the same way that it would be luck for somebody of his stature. It was a tad bit of luck following something he does frequently enough to benefit from it.

      That said, he charged on the play.

      • davidly - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

        “…for somebody *not* of his stature.”

  3. ndnut - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Isn’t the top of the backboard considered out of bounds? That’s all I remember being called whenever we shot 3s in middle school basketball.

    • schlom - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      From the NBA rules:

      Five sides of the backboard (front, two sides, bottom and top) are considered in play when contacted by the basketball. The back of the backboard and the area directly behind it are out-of-bounds.

  4. rickyspanish - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    This website rides Durant’s dong a little too hard.

  5. ocon171 - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    More thn any other player? Any other player?? Apparently you haven’t watched the heat. All NBA superstars get all the calls. it’s been that way for years

  6. borderline1988 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Dumb post.

    First of all, that was obviously all luck..Reggie Evans has the same chance of making that shot as Durant does.

    Secondly, that was such a clear offensive foul – it doesn’t get much more obvious than that.

  7. letangusespertplus - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Durant got hacked so many times in this game it was ridiculous. This was an obvious make up call.

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