The Nets knew they would have their hands full with Kevin Durant but they still couldn't stop him. Durant — who scored 32 points on 9-of-16 shooting and hit all 12 of his free throws — led the Thurder to a 117-111 victory over the Nets last night at Barclays Center. When the Nets (11-6) cut the Thunder lead to two points with under five minutes to go, Oklahoma City's superstar put the load on his shoulders. "I want to be a go-to guy in the fourth," Durant said. "That's what I live for. But that said, I wasn't only looking to score, I was looking to get my guys good shots." In the end, it was Durant who hit the key shots late in the fourth. After the Nets cut the Thunder lead to 104-102, he hit a pair of free throws followed by a jumper to extend their lead to 108-104. He later scored on a shot which didn't go in, but counted as Kris Humphries was called for goaltending with 1:52 remaining. The play was reviewed and upheld, giving the Thunder a 110-106 lead. Durant also had an impressive second quarter with 14 points. His rim-rocking dunk put the Thunder (15-4) up 59-46 with 1:17 to go in the first half. On the Thunder's next possession, Durant went up for another dunk, which bounced off the rim, and was fouled hard by Andre Blatche, who received a technical on the play. Durant made both of his free throws, and said he was thankful he wasn't hurt on the play. "I had no more left in the tank. I wanted to finish [the dunk] so bad," he said. "I know [Blatche] from him playing in D.C. That's where I'm from so I would talk a little trash to him after that one but I'm glad I got to the free-throw line and got two shots. And I also fell down so I'm glad I didn't get hurt on that play as well. I think that ignited my team just a little bit."
Clutch Durant propels Thunder in 4th
New York Post | Dec 5