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Kevin Durant hits game-winning, step-back jumper to beat the Timberwolves (VIDEO)

Jan 5, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

Kevin Durant had a monster game in Minnesota on Saturday, finishing with 48 points on 32 shots, to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

It almost wasn’t enough to get his team the win, but Durant’s step-back jumper with four seconds remaining ultimately held up — even though Kevin Love had a very reasonable attempt at giving his team the lead in the closing seconds.

Love was fouled on a three-point attempt after Durant had put his team ahead, but he missed the first two unguarded shots, before intentionally trying to miss the third in order to give his club the chance at a rebound.

It’s worth noting that Love is shooting almost 83 percent on free throws this season, but for whatever reason, he was unable to get his foul shots to go with the game hanging in the balance.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    that was filthy

  2. mpinvesting - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Reblogged this on MP Investing and commented:
    Amazing game from Kevin Durant today, proves he is up there for MVP this year and carrying the Thunder with Westbrook out until after the All-Star break. A 48-point performance puts a stand on an away win at Minnesota.

  3. vikesdynasty - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Horrible officiating for most of the 4th but I will give credit to the refs for giving love 4 free throws in the final minutes especially the last 3 but he failed big time. You gotta make those if you’re a star. He definitely felt the pain of missing. Humbling moments for the young man.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:33 AM

      *Young gentleman

  4. lakerade - Jan 5, 2014 at 2:07 AM


  5. jimeejohnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Durant would easily be the world’s best basketball player except for that guy in Miami.

    • kb2408 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      If I’m starting a team right now and I’m choosing between LBJ and KD, I’m taking KD.

      • money2long - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        has anyone considered who it matters more with as far as a support cast

        who needs a better support cast, kd or lebron

        lebron may have the answer as he needed to see bosh and wade in miami before making a decision in his career ‘

        im just saying.

        does kd cares who he plays with, or where he plays

      • antistratfordian - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Of course you would, because Lakers fans are terrible decision makers when it comes to basketball. But KD is nowhere near LeBron’s level – he will probably never reach that level.

        Most 48-7-7 games since 1985-96:

        1. LeBron James – 6
        2. Michael Jordan – 6
        3. Kobe Bryant – 4
        4. Larry Bird – 3
        5. Dwyane Wade – 2
        5t. Tracy McGrady – 2
        6t (4 others). Kevin Durant – 1

  6. gameisours - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I think more and more that Westbrook could mean so much to this team than Durant. C’mon, as an OKC fan, I think we couldn’t even reach fourth spot going into the playoffs. We’re nothing without Russ.

    • money2long - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      yeah kevin durant heard skip bayless say this last week too, so he proceeded to do this. dont even start that nonsense of discussing who means more to okc. its kd.

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