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When you are on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the words “I’m tired of being second” and your arguably equally talented teammate that often matches you statistically goes down with an injury in the playoffs then you better put on a performance worthy of being called #1. That’s exactly what Kevin Durant did in Game 3 against the Rockets as the solo superstar ties his playoff career high of 41 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in 47 minutes of action.
Durant made a statement instantly scoring 27 of his 41 in the first half and throwing down a monster dunk on Omar Asik that reminded me (although it wasn’t as good) of his dunk on Brendan Haywood a few years ago.
The Rockets did stage a big comeback in the second half almost wiping away a 17 point half-time Thunder lead but with 42 seconds left in the game, KD hit a go-ahead 3 pointer to save the day and saving the day is exactly what we all knew was going to happen without his superstar teammate.
“I didn’t feel the same,” Durant said of playing without Westbrook. “And I knew I just had to give my all from here on out … every game is for him.
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