2012, the beginning of the Kevin Durant era

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Kevin DurantIn 2-0 hole, with the San Antonio Spurs looking to be in complete control of the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant looked to be dead in the water. But, in Game 3, the 20 game win streak of the Spurs ended, and flickering light of the Thunder all of a sudden shined bright. When it came down to money time in Game 4, Kevin Durant seized the moment scoring 18 of his 36, in the final period. Now, with a 3-2 lead, the young and gunning Thunder are only one game away from a finals birth. There’s no question who they will be looking to, to bring it home, Kevin Durant.

These 2012 playoffs have really highlighted the NBA’s new premier scorer when the game is on the line. He’s come up with nothing but pure gold in these late game situations. From the game winners in Game 1 versus  Dallas and game 2 against the Lakers. To the daggers in the heart for the San Antonio. KD has been nothing short of superb this year. While LeBron has the regular season MVP, don’t be surprised if Durant walks away with the real gold. In today’s NBA it seems like the only thing that counts is what happens in the last two minutes of the game, and Durant is taking each of those moments, and putting his stamp on them.

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If the Oklahoma City Thunder do win these series, and indeed capture their first NBA championship, there’s no doubt who will be responsible. Yes, he does have an awesome supporting cast with the likes of Russell Westbrook and James Harden, not to mention a pair of great rim defending bigs in, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, but it’s about closing. Kevin Durant is without a doubt the best in the league when the game is on the line. It’s only going to be a matter of time until this group grabs their first championship. They might not have to wait very long.

Zach Leiken is a writer for The Sports Blitz Network and can be contacted at ZLeiken@TheSportsBlitz.com

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