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Kevin Durant goes one on five, hits game-winner vs. Hawks (VIDEO)

Jan 27, 2014, 10:38 PM EST

Kevin Durant is in the midst of a stretch that has him at the forefront of the league’s MVP race this year, and considering the fact that LeBron James still plays in the NBA and hasn’t exactly declined from the level he played at a season ago, that’s really quite the accomplishment.

Durant finished with 41 points on 15-of-25 shooting, including this game-winner against what seemed like the entire Hawks team to propel the Thunder to their eighth straight victory. It was the 11th straight game in which Durant scored at least 30 points, which is the most by any player in the league over the last 10 seasons.

[Video via SI.com]

  1. tardyman - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Too good right now. #mvp

  2. asimonetti88 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Best player in the NBA this season

  3. 1bucfan813 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    He also did not commit a personal foul! Good Job KD!

    • caeser12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      He was stretching before he received the pass, at least that’s what the ref thought.

  4. tampajoey - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    MVP. Period.

  5. timb12 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Awesome play. But I didn’t count five guys guarding him. He can’t be stopped.

  6. vriv950 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Can they just give him MVP already?!! So long #2

    • antistratfordian - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      If they gave the MVP out at midseason KD would have 2 of them already.

      • spthegr8 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        @Anti
        I bet LeBron sleep’s well @ night knowing that your watching his back on PBT 24/7.!!!!!
        #GIVEITAREST!!!!

      • antistratfordian - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        #THISDUDEISMAD

  7. savvybynature - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    I’m tired of hearing about how there is “voter fatigue” regarding Lebron’s MVP candidacy.
    Lebron is great, but right now Durant is the MVP and is earning every bit of it.

  8. davidly - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    I’m with savvybynature on where Durant stands at this point in the season. I do believe, however, that there has been an effect akin to the proverbial fatigue. If we are to judge the award with any kind of consistent standard, we would not have seen the likes of Rose’s, Nash’s back-to-backs, at least one of Malone’s and Olajuwon’s being awarded the wrong year.

    The standard that led to Alcindor-Jabbar’s 6 MVPs would award at least one more to Jordan, and net couple more for LBJ even though he wouldn’t necessarily keep all of the ones he did win.

    I think a player’s switching teams also effects how their regular season performance is judged, ie. can work to their advantage even if their real effect is not as much as the award would have us believe. Barkley, Jabbar, and Nash being the prime examples–and LBJ’s should-have-been being the exception which leads to the most commonly implied QED of the fatigue theory.

  9. kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Say what you want but if I had to pick just one player to start my team with that player would be KD. Like Bird, Kobe, MJ he has the mentality of a cold-blooded killa!! LBJ, as great as he is, never had that trait and never will. The MVP is a foregone conclusion barring a season ending injury to KD. And even if that were to happen, he’s been so good he would still deserve it.

  10. ranfan12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Ice in his veins

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