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Kevin Durant sits on court with back to Russell Westbrook’s game-winning free throws (photo)

May 14, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT


(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook – after haphazardly sprinting behind the 3-point arc and forcing a shot, because Russ is going to Russ – drew a foul that sent him to the line for three free throws with the Thunder down two with 6.4 seconds left in Game 5.

Durant, literally, couldn’t stand to watch.

Westbrook made all three, and Oklahoma City hung on to beat the Clippers – with Durant back on his feet and defending during the final possession.

  1. miamiheatles - May 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Sum1 needs to add the color effects and filter to this photo.

    • RavenzGunnerz - May 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      – Zach Randolph gets suspended…
      – LAC ball but given to OKC…

      Ya know wut? wake me up when LeBron vs. Durant series begin…

  2. zoomy123 - May 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    The sad thing is that Kevin Durant choked up his lunch AGAIN in this game. Everybody knows it, but he gets another pass.

  3. msuspartan89 - May 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    that was a horrible HORRIBLE shot by westbrook. he is lucky he got fouled

    • reesesteel23 - May 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      I don’t remember the last time Russ drove to the basket to tie or win the game. He loves taking the dumbest 3’s ever.

      Tie Game? Pull-up 3…….Down 1? No problem, Pull-up 3……..Down 2? You guessed it, Pull-up 3.

      • asimonetti88 - May 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        Down 3? Why not settle for the long 2

    • cmehustle - May 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I was thinking the same thing all the way up until the whistle. Then I thought how in the hell could Chris Paul foul this guy on that shot? Boy that was just bad basketball, but entertaining as hell!

      • drunkenjunk - May 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        There was no foul, that call was a joke.

      • sportsfan18 - May 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        you must have been drunk to not see the foul…

  4. fanofthegame79 - May 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    There were a few things I took away from this game:
    1) I don’t know how many times they talked about Paul having 30+ assists to only 1 turnover – then he went on to turn the ball over 3-4 more times at crucial points of the game. He totally choked this one away. (and he still won’t make it to a conference finals)
    2) I think if I were starting a team today, I would take Westbrook over Durant. I know Russ can be Russ and take way stupid shots, but he seems to do more on the court to make his own shot. If Durant’s shot is not falling he still shoots. He doesn’t try to do anything different like pass more, or post up, or drive to the hoop. He just shoots. Westbrook, on the other hand, has more offensive options to his game.
    3) The Clippers will win game 6 but will lose this series pretty much because they choked away this game, in which they should have won and been up 3-2 going back home. This one will haunt Chris Paul and the Clippers for a while.

  5. azarkhan - May 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    “…because Russ is going to Russ…”

    Indeed. Westbrook’s line for the game: 38 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds.

  6. willkill4caffeine - May 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    This is an amazing picture. Kudos to the photographer.

    • rodyaugu - May 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      An amazing picture capturing a cowardice moment.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - May 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Durant couldn’t watch or didn’t want to because Russell Westbrook took an idiotic shot?

  8. money2long - May 14, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Westbrook has mamba blood.

    • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      So does Durant. 6-22.

  9. jerdogthompson - May 14, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Man I tell ya, I can get past;

    *not fouling Durant before the 3pt shot
    *the mid court collision with RW & CP3
    *the missed out of bounds on OKC call

    The fact the refs missed that Reggie fouled CP3 on the arm to cause the ball to come loose combined with Ibaka kicking the ball is a bit too much. As a Clipper fan I have to accept the fact it’s gonna be 5 on 8 most nights period.

    Let me hear the trolls compare this to game 4 where there is no comparison. But trolls gonna be trolls no matter.


  10. rodyaugu - May 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    You kidding me an MVP couldn’t even bear to watch his teammate shoot freethrows he had to go sit in corner facing away like a child. He’s supposed to be on the block supporting westbrook and fighting for the rebound should he had missed the third, instead he went to seat in corner facing away. I mean, how many nba players have we seen done this? That was a cowardice moment captured on film.

    • rodyaugu - May 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      I’m surprised he didn’t go to seat on his Momma’s lap cringing like scooby doo because she wasn’t that far away.

      • stephenlin - May 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Hehe look at you judging an MVP with your long basketball resume. You’re pretty familiar what it’s like to play under the bright lights of the NBA, huh?

    • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Give him a break. He’s a lover, not a fighter.

    • verretta2014 - May 14, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      What Kevin did is normal for most people. People talk about him having a bad night, they all do. How many players have the RESUME he has. The scoring leader in the NBA four out of the last five seasons, that’s consistency and deserving much more respect than you are giving. He’s human not superhuman. Please be reminded when Russell went down it was Durant’s outstanding play that allow the team to perform at a higher level. Give the man his propers.

  11. antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Westbrook has been the Thunder’s best player in the playoffs. And probably the 2nd best player overall in the playoffs.

    Durant has some weaknesses he needs to work on, e.g. he’s turnover prone, his post game is non-existent, his defense is suspect, etc. But the one weakness that gets him into more trouble than anything else is his dependence on jump shooting. Frankly, sometimes he just can’t make a shot. He is just too prone to those kinds of 20-30% shooting nights. This is going to get the Thunder into deep trouble eventually and Westbrook won’t be able to make up for it.

    • money2long - May 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Is this how u translate lebron should be MVP ?
      We all see right through u.
      Get over it.

      • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        I don’t need to mask that sentiment… I’ve been saying it directly for months. But since you brought it up, we all know LeBron should’ve been MVP – I don’t know why people keep pretending anymore.

    • alshonsmeathooks - May 14, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Durant jacking up bad 3s is still better than Perkins anywhere outside 5 feet

      • antistratfordian - May 14, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        I don’t know about that. Bad threes lead to long rebounds, run outs and fast break opportunities for your opponent. A bunch of missed threes will really undermine your defense. If you’re going to miss a shot, your defensive minded coach would prefer that you miss a close one.

  12. ranfan12 - May 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Need a gif for that charge durant took. Funniest charge I’ve ever seen

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