Kevin Durant is a competitor. He’s hungry to win and frequently carries his Thunder team all the way to the finish line. On Monday night against the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City fought but came up short against the seven-seed. But if it wasn’t for KD’s heroics, there wouldn’t have been any comeback at all.
With just 13.3 seconds remaining on the clock and the Thunder down five, the game almost looked out of reach for the home team. Yet, Durant did the unthinkable. After receiving a tough pass from Russell Westbrook, Durant threw up a desperation three-pointer, drawing the foul and draining the fadeaway, off-balanced shot.
The game eventually went into overtime and after an all-night battle, the Grizzlies emerged with the 111-105 victory. Durant, however, stole the show and finished with a game-high 36 points, shooting 12-of-28 from the field while grabbing down 11 rebounds. Though after the game, the superstar couldn’t care less about the clutch shot:
Pissed off Kevin Durant was asked where his four-point play ranks among his greatest shots: "I don't know. We lost. It really don't matter."
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 22, 2014
This is a testament to the type of player Durant is. You can throw out all of the highlights and personal accolades – the man just wants to win. Plain and simple. And if he keeps playing like this, the winning will surely come.