Kevin Durant is doing all he can to lift the Thunder in the second round — he had 36 points on 21 shots, plus 11 rebounds and nine assists. All that wasn’t enough, the Grizzlies evened the series.
But Durant got to show off his improved handles, closing the third quarter with this sweet crossover move then and-1 throwdown. Durant really improved that part of his game this year, and that has been put to the test since Westbrook went down.
The Grizzlies have gone to a “anyone but Durant” can shoot defensive strategy. He still gets his points, but he has to work a lot harder to do it (and cut off the passing lanes to others.