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Watch Kevin Durant Drill Game-Winner to Seal Game 1 vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Jimmy SpencerNBA Lead WriterDecember 13, 2016

Kevin Durant isn't going to just roll over. Anyone who was ready to write off the Oklahoma City Thunder after the Russell Westbrook injury and a prolonged first-round matchup against the Houston Rockets was met on Sunday with Durant's game-winning pull-up jumper.

With 11.1 seconds left in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies, Durant's clutch basket sealed the 93-91 victory to start Round 2 of the NBA playoffs.

OKC was trailing 90-89 with 17 seconds remaining when Thunder guard Derek Fisher poked the ball away from the Grizzlies' Mike Conley. The ball landed in the hands of Durant, who drove the length of the court and pulled up just inside the three-point arc above the elbow to give Oklahoma City the lead.

With a chance to take the last shot, the Grizzlies lost the ball on a Marc Gasol pass. After a pair of Oklahoma City free throws, Memphis has one last opportunity. In that final possession, forward Quincy Pondexter was fouled on a three-pointer by Reggie Jackson, but he missed his first free throw.

Durant finished with 35 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Durant shot 13-of-26 from the field and 0-of-2 from three-point range in the victory, but he was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Durant averaged 32.5 points on 48.5 percent shooting in Oklahoma City's six-game, first-round series victory against the Houston Rockets.


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