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Kevin Durant’s game-winning dunk clinches two seed for Thunder (VIDEO)

Apr 16, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

Kevin Durant simply would not let the Thunder lose, and even against a dreadful Pistons team, it’s a message that other teams in the playoffs will certainly be aware was sent.

The Thunder trailed all game long, and by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter before Durant decided to take things over. He scored 21 of his game-high 42 points in the final period, and with the outcome hanging in the balance, simply went to the rim and dunked the ball without hesitation.

Oklahoma City clinched the two seed in the Western Conference with the victory, and will open the playoffs on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

  1. antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Remember when the Thunder were the #1 seed? Seems like ages ago. Now here they are on the very last day of the season playing their star 45+ minutes in a struggle to keep from sliding to #3.

    Keep an eye on those pesky Clippers.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:45 AM

      Remember when the Pacers were slumping, and the Heat played LeBron major minutes against the Grizzlies, Timberwolves, and Hawks down the stretch to try to claim the number 1 seed, then lost all those games?

      It was only after losing those games that they gave LeBron just 2 games off, after their desperate attempt to claim the number 1 seed fell short.

      No matter how much the Pacers sucked after the All-Star break, the Heat just couldn’t catch up. Hence no MVP for LeBron.

      • blueintown - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Remember in the end of The Sixth Sense when Bruce Willis realizes he’s been dead the whole time? That totally gave me the willies.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        LeBron played less than his season average in minutes against the Hawks. The Wolves game went into double OT and he still only played about as many minutes in 6 quarters as Durant did in 4 against the Pistons. So I don’t see anything “desperate” about playing regular minutes in those games.

        If the Heat were desperate for the #1 seed they would’ve tried to win the last two games – as it was still in play.

        But unlike OKC, which had a 4 game lead over the Spurs and a 6 game lead over the Clippers, and nearly got passed by both, LeBron and Miami have only been moving up in their conference – routing the Pacers 6 days ago to claim what was seen as the title of “Best Team In The Conference.”

      • antistratfordian - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Wait, let me try this again (hopefully this one goes through):

        ”Remember when the Pacers were slumping, and the Heat played LeBron major minutes against the Grizzlies, Timberwolves, and Hawks down the stretch to try to claim the number 1 seed, then lost all those games?”

        Major minutes? LeBron played less than his average minutes against the Hawks. The Wolves game went into double OT and he still only played about as many minutes in 6 quarters as Durant did in 4 against the Pistons. Nothing unusual about LeBron’s minutes in either of those games.

        And Miami DID claim the #1 seed after the Grizzlies game – by destroying the Pacers in the very next game, which makes your next sentence nonsensical.

        ”No matter how much the Pacers sucked after the All-Star break, the Heat just couldn’t catch up.”

        As I mentioned above, they just routed the Pacers 6 days ago to definitively claim the title of “Best Team In Their Conference.” The Heat still hold that title.

        “It was only after losing those games that they gave LeBron just 2 games off, after their desperate attempt to claim the number 1 seed fell short.”

        The #1 seed in the East was still up for grabs during their last two games. They sat LeBron anyway – they had nothing left to prove.

      • calkinsrob - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Do you remember the 21st night of September!!??

  2. davidly - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Remember Nguyen!

  3. void96eater - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Miami and OKC are both the 2 seed again. I smell a repeat of the 2012 playoffs.

  4. my2sense2014 - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Relatively new to site so pardon what others may find a relatively easy question to answer…this Anti-whatever dude. Is he purely a LBJ jock sniffer or did KD do something to him in a former life? Steal his lunch money? Give him a wedgie in 2nd grade? What gives with the big sissy?

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