Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is the NBA's likely MVP for the 2013-14 season. While LeBron James might still be the league's best player, depending on how you rate such things, there's little question that Durant has put forth the best campaign of any player. Apart from winning his fourth scoring title in five years, Durant has improved in virtually every aspect of the sport and carried OKC through several lengthy periods of absence for co-star Russell Westbrook. It's hard to imagine him having done more to help his team.
In Wednesday night's regular season finale against the Detroit Pistons, Durant put an exclamation mark on his already amazing year. With the Thunder needing a win to lock down the West's No. 2 seed for the playoffs, the lackluster Pistons held a meaningful lead for much of the contest. Then, in the fourth quarter, Durant took over. With OKC down 111-110 and under 20 seconds on the clock, Durant took an inbounds pass, went to his left, and dunked on both Kyle Singler and Greg Monroe for the game-winning dunk. Watch it here:
The Thunder's 112-110 win secured a 59-23 record and a first-round matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant finished with 42 points on 14-of-30 shooting, plus six assists and four rebounds. He also had a fantastic dunk over Andre Drummond earlier in the game.
Naturally, Durant will not rest on his forthcoming MVP trophy. He has designs on his first title, and the Thunder figure to have roughly as good a chance as anyone else to get it. We'll find out over the next two months.
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