How would Kevin Durant respond to his horrific shooting in a Game 2 loss to the Mavericks?
If you didn’t already know, Durant slammed shut any questions late in the first quarter. He burst past Justin Anderson, jumped by David Lee and twisted around the rim for a powerful dunk.
Too much Thunder.
Durant scored 34 points, matching Klay Thompson for the 2016-postseason high, in Oklahoma City’s 131-102 win Thursday. The Thunder’s 131 points were the most in a playoff game since the Clippers beat the Warriors 138-98 in 2014.
While running up the score, outscoring the Mavericks in each quarter, the Thunder reminded everyone why they’re so much more of a complete package in this series.
Oklahoma City won big twice. Dallas won close once. At 2-1, this series is technically as close as can be. In reality, it’s not.
The Thunder have again seized control, pressuring Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle to get more from his out outmanned team.
Russell Westbrook (26 points and 15 assists) pushed the pace and found his teammates. His defense, still far from ideal, looked better than Game 2, especially blocking a Dirk Nowitzki dunk.
Enes Kanter (21 points on 6-of-7 shooting), Dion Waiters (19 points on 7-of-11 shooting) and Serge Ibaka (16 points on 7-of-9 shooting) provided more than enough complementary offense.
Dallas just couldn’t keep up, though Raymond Felton put up a little fight.
But even in those trivial moments, Oklahoma City got the last laugh. Westbrook hit a late jumper over dance interrupter Charlie Villanueva.