In game 1, Durant carried the load for the Thunder dropping 40. He was outdueled by a 48-point effort from Dirk Nowitski.
Thursday night, Durant got some help from his boys on the bench.
With a 1 point lead going into the 4th quarter and Russell Westbrook spectating, KD and the reserves took down Dallas 106-100 to nab a big road W and tie the series up.
Leading the attack was James Harden and his 23 points. The more I watch this guy play, the more justified it seems that he was taken 3rd last year in the draft. He's gonna be a player in this league.
Oklahoma City seems to live and die by the decisions that Russell Westbrook makes. When he takes too many shots, they seem to lose. On nights when he realizes he has Kevin Durant as a teammate they win. Don't get me wrong, he's a stud. However, last night proved to me that they are capable of winning a big game without him. Without one of their best players, the Thunder did something that the 2x defending champion Lakers couldn't do and that's play big down the stretch. With the bench playing such a big role and the series going nack to Oklahoma for the next 2, Dirk, J-Kidd and the Mavs are in trouble.