Kevin Durant's Career-High 52-Point Game Gives Thunder Star Lead in NBA MVP Race
Your move, LeBron.
The Thunder superstar outdid himself yet again, dropping a career-high 52 points in Oklahoma City's 117-114 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
Durant was unstoppable throughout the game, destroying the Mavericks with a vast array of cold-blooded moves. He toasted the Dallas defense with three-pointers, hard drives to the rim, step-back, one-legged fadeaways and just about every other conceivable shot.
He even delivered the dagger in overtime. With Shawn Marion playing perfect defense, Durant crossed over from right to left, drove into the key and hit a ridiculous floater right in Marion's grill.
Durant drained 13 of his 31 shots on the night, including five of his nine three-pointers. He also added nine rebounds, and he came close to making league history by hitting 21 of 21 free throws, as ESPN Stats & Info pointed out.
Only player to make more FT without a miss than Durant's 21 on Friday was Dominique Wilkins - 23-23 in a game in 1992— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2013
With his amazing performance, Durant has now scored at least 41 points in three of his last five games. He is third in the league in scoring, and his Thunder boast the best record in the NBA (32-8).
He still has some work to do before dethroning King James, but with his explosion against the Mavericks, Durant now has a slim lead in the 2013 MVP race.
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