Kevin Durant is your scoring champ whose insurance still hasn't dropped

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Kevin Durant plugged in 31 points tonight, wrapping up the NBA scoring title, averaging 30.1 points a game. 

He’s 21 years old. 
Durant is the youngest player to lead the league in scoring. He’s the youngest player to average 30 points in a season. 
Dang, ya’ll. Like, for real. That’s some serious stuff, man. Heavy.
Okay, enough of that. Durant is an offensive revelation, and his improved defense and rebounding, as well as leadership have helped the Thunder to make the playoffs a year ahead of schedule, But this isn’t about wins or leadership or fundamentals. This is about buckets. Durant could very well have the absolute best range in the NBA now that Kobe Bryant’s finding age happens to everyone. 
His release point isn’t abnormally high, but with his length, it’s still at a point most guys need a step ladder to reach. His release is quick enough to be able to get off nearly any shot. And now that he’s starting to get the calls worthy of a player of his ability, his numbers will only improve in efficiency, if not volume. 
So now we turn our attention to the Thunder in the playoffs, and see if Durantula can make a statement against the reigning master of clutch in the NBA, Kobe Bryant. 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook go head-to-head, literally (video)

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This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.

The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.

Harrison Barnes banks in game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer (video)

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With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.

Emphasis on “almost.”

The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)