Stat Line Of The Night — 6/6/12 — Kevin Durant
After stealing Game Five in San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder had the opportunity to close out their Western Conference Finals series with the Spurs at home. Through the first 24 minutes of Game Six last night, it didn’t appear as though they would be able to take advantage of that opportunity, as they trailed by 15 points at the half…
…and then Kevin Durant took over.
For the first time all season, Durant played the entire 48 minutes of a game, and the decision to keep him in there for that long payed off for Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, as his All-Star forward rewarded him with 34 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal. But more importantly, 20 of those points came during the Thunder’s incredible second-half comeback, as they erased the sizable halftime deficit to emerge with the series-clinching 107-99 victory.
With the win, the Thunder will now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics. Either team should prove to be a tough opponent for the Western Conference champs, but if Durant can continue to put up performance like last night’s, it may not be long before he and his Oklahoma City teammates are celebrating their first NBA championship. But for now, K.D. earns “The Stat Line off the Night” for Wednesday, June 6, 2012.