LeBron James all but conceded league MVP honors to Kevin Durant last week. But as losers of its last two and in danger of dropping down to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoff standings, the Oklahoma City Thunder were put in a must-win situation against the lowly Detroit Pistons if Durant and Co. wanted to avoid the always upset-minded Golden State Warriors in the first round.
Thanks to a 42-point effort from KD (punctuated by dunks like the one above), OKC prevailed 112-111. But the Thunder still needed one last slam by its star player (who also clinched his fourth scoring title in five years Wednesday) to come out on top. The Durantula came through as Oklahoma City finished with a 59-23 regular season record — and earned that No. 2 seed. Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies is Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup playoffs got underway Wednesday in thrilling fashion. The Tampa Bay Lightning got a pair of goals from Steven Stamkos. But Dale Weise scored the game-winner in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens won 5-4.
Finally, Jordan Spieth — who nearly made history during the Masters on Sunday — had some bad luck during the pro-am of the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links. His playing partner hit him in the leg! “He felt really bad,” the 20-year-old said, “but I kept telling him that I’m fine.”