An MVP type performances silences critics…for now.
Kevin Durant will probably win his first NBA MVP award this year, and rightfully so. He’s carried the Thunder on his back even more this season than he has in the past, considering Westbrook missed almost two months recovering from preventive surgery, and in wondrous fashion. Eventually breaking Michael Jordan‘s 40-straight games with at least 25+ points record, Durant became a one-man wrecking crew at the turn of the New Year, but has faltered severely in the playoffs.
Some blame The Based God’s curse, some blame Tony Allen, but ultimately, Durant blamed himself, and everyone–including his hometown paper, which now-infamously called Durant “Mr. Unreliable” on the front page of Thursday morning’s paper–was looking for him to have an MVP performance, in the biggest game of his career.
Scoring in a rush early, and playing quarterback for the majority of the game, Durant steered his team towards a must-have Game 6 victory, to help shift the momentum and send the series back to Oklahoma City for Game 7.
KD finished the game with 36 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists, on 11-23 shooting. So much for Mr. Unreliable.