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Kevin Durant scores career-high 52 points, hits overtime game-winner to get win over Mavericks

Jan 19, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

Kevin Durant scored 52 points, a new career-high in leading the Thunder to a 117-114 overtime win in Dallas against the Mavericks.

None of his shots were as ridiculous or as important as the one you see in the video clip above.

With under 27 seconds remaining in overtime and the game tied at 114, Russell Westbrook has possession at the top of the three-point arc. He passes to Durant just above the elbow, who turns and faces Shawn Marion about 20 feet from the basket.

With just three dribbles, Durant gets briefly past Marion into the lane, before Marion recovers in time to defend the shot attempt closely. Durant sinks the tough fadeaway floater (if there is such a thing) to give him the final two points of his 52 on the night, and the Thunder escaped with their league-leading 32nd win of the season.

The crazy thing about the career-high performance from Durant was that it wasn’t his best overall offensive game by a longshot. He finished just 13-31 from the field, and missed plenty of shots that are regular makes for the man who has won three consecutive scoring titles. 21 of his points came at the free throw line, where he didn’t miss once in 21 attempts.

Westbrook chipped in with 31 points on 12-26 shooting, giving the pair 83 of their team’s 117 points.

Much like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, when both players have it going like this at the same time, it’s virtually impossible to shut their team down.

  1. kavika6 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    How many overtime losses does Dallas have this year?

    I’ll bet Westbrooke will get a call from the league in the morning about that overtime flop.

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Mavericks are now 1-8 in overtime games this season.

  2. jhuck92 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Two things about this:

    1. The video title. “Kevin Durant beats the Mavs.” It’s wasn’t even the Thunder, it was *Durant* who beat the Mavs haha

    2. He had to score a career-high 52 points just to send it to overtime, AND THEN make the game-winning bucket. Talk about putting the team on your back! Sounds like he was hanging with Marshawn Lynch back in Seattle.

    • gepsep - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Well. As i recall, he did not have 52 at the end of the fourth. He had like 38 or something. So he needed 52 to win the game, but 38(or something) to send it to OT.
      But still – monster

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Can’t believe 52 is his career high. What was his previous CH? He’s never been part of the 50 pt. club yet?

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      He had 51 points against the Nuggets last year (February 19, 2012).

  4. lucifershuttlesworth - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Sweet! Kobe is going to have to start shooting more to win that scoring title.

    • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

      Kobe sees the video and says “Damn, I can’t beat him in one on one unless I punch him..no never mine that idea, I’ll just whine to the ref the entire game and get some FTs”

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:11 AM

        Kobe- 5 chips
        Duranchilla- Potatoe chips

        stop being foolish fellas.

      • gepsep - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Well, whats Lakers record? I thought so.
        Kobe is 34 or 35? Thought so.
        Durant is 22 or 23? thought so.
        All you chip talk is the only excuse.

      • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        We ain’t talking age here, just Kebi’s ego run a muck. Pass the dip for the chip

  5. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Durant’s shots have so much force. THUNK

  6. BigBeachBall - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    i dislike westbrook.

    • letangusespertplus - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      you dislike players that don’t miss games and play aggressively? dude gets hacked almost every time on the way to the basket and never gets calls.

  7. smararike - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Reblogged this on The Commentary Box.

  8. dreamzilla - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    THE MIDWEST ASSASSIN!!!!!…..MVP ….i think even with this performance he did this shooting bad 13 for 31 wow…but flawless at the ft line…i said it in the beginning and ill end it with this…MVP….(THIS MANS ON A MISSION FOR THE RING THIS YEAR!)

  9. halohonk - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    KD is a great player n getting better but i would take Kobe over Durant in one on one if Kobe was 10 years younger all day everyday and twice on Sundays.

  10. lalfan2323 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    Still didnt do 80 like number 24 did

    • letangusespertplus - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      only shot 30 times in a game 5 times in his career.

      • gepsep - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        Right.
        And Kobe shot 30 times probably 5 times in the last 10-15 games lol

  11. allen227 - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    He is the BEST player in the NBA. He doesn’t need a second or third guy to help him take over, he can do it all on his own and he is willing to take the last shot and not pass it up.

  12. mrlaloosh - Jan 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Portland should trade Greg Oden for him…. Oh, wait.

  13. abchome - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    The Marvs could use some moral victory like the Lakers. They are actually playing well and much more competitive than expected.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:27 AM

      Shouldn’t be that surprising. They have a number of vets (Dirk, Elton Brand, Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Chris Kaman, OJ

  14. 16x8equal49ers - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    “Much like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, when both players have it going like this at the same time, it’s virtually impossible to shut their team down.”
    Virtually impossible? Um yeah it took them overtime to squeek one out.

  15. themagicfanguy - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    @fanofevilempire Sam Jones – 10 chips. Robert Horry – 7 chips. Scottie Pippen – 6 chips. What’s your point? Rings mean NOTHING when it comes to INDIVIDUAL talent. That’s why It’s five on five, not one on one. Anybody who’s played the sport as opposed to just watching it and reading blogs would know that already.

  16. mclayton31 - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Guys act like Lebron and d wade never struggle to win games. What a stupid comment

  17. badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Herr Stern’smaster plan to boost TV ratings up in anticipation of the return of NHL season.

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