NBA: Durant scores 51 including game-winner in 2OT

Forward Kevin Durant (right) hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to cap off a 51-point effort to lead his Oklahoma City Thunder 119-118 over the Toronto Raptors in a double-overtime National Basketball Association (NBA) game on Fri
Forward Kevin Durant (right) hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to cap off a 51-point effort to lead his Oklahoma City Thunder 119-118 over the Toronto Raptors in a double-overtime National Basketball Association (NBA) game on Friday, March 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS / USA TODAY SPORTS

TORONTO (XINHUA) - Forward Kevin Durant hit a game-winning three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to cap off a 51-point effort to lead his Oklahoma City Thunder 119-118 over the Toronto Raptors in a double-overtime National Basketball Association (NBA) game on Friday night.

With 49 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Oklahoma City were down 110-118. Durant and team-mate Derek Fisher hit two key three-pointers to reduce Toronto's lead to two at 118-116.

After Raptors forward John Salmons missed two free throws, the Thunder controlled possession with nine seconds remaining.

Following a Thunder time-out to advance the ball, Durant received the inbound pass and calmly hit a three-pointer while heavily defended by Raptors forward Amir Johnson to put his team up 119-118.

Toronto were unable to score in the remaining 1.7 seconds of the game against the Oklahoma defence.

Thunder head coach Scott Brooks was extremely proud of his team's perseverance in the final minute of the game.

"The way our team is made up, the way they fight for each other it's never over," he said after the game. "The defence and spirit of our team gave us the chance to win this game."

He is also proud of his team's willingness to go the extra mile when necessary.

"I talked to the guys. It's not about doing your best; it's doing whatever it takes. There's a subtle difference and I believe in that difference." said Brooks. "That's what makes you a good team. You have to be able to have that mentality every day, you can't just turn it on, and that's what we do as a group."

One of the biggest advocates of Brooks' philosophy is All-Star Durant.

His 51-point effort against the Raptors was his second 50-plus effort this season, and fourth of his career. His other effort this season was a career-high 54-point performance against Golden State on Jan 17.

Despite not surpassing his career-high in the victory against Toronto, Durant was overwhelmed with the emotional swings at the end of the game.

"Down eight with less than a minute to go, two guys fouled out, Russ (Westbrook) was out, (being a) back-to-back, just a crazy game," he said after the game. "We had to get out of there. I wasn't trying to go to another overtime. That was the craziest game I have ever been a part of."

Register here to get free digital access to The Straits Times until Aug 9, 2015.
Comments