Kevin Durant scores 54 points as OKC Thunder beats Golden State

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 17, 2014
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A grassroots movement is happening in Oklahoma City.

And up until the final three minutes of Friday night’s 127-121 win over Golden State, it needed help getting off the ground.

Only a few brave souls dared to be different.

They stood. They cleared their throats. They dug deep. And they chanted.

“M-V-P!”

“M-V-P!”

Kevin Durant deserved it.

But only when he stepped to the foul line with 2:45 left to play and a chance to push his career high in scoring to 54, did the rest of the Thunder faithful join in.

An ovation that has been long overdue finally swept through Chesapeake Energy Arena.

It took 20 games for the home fans to catch on.

When they did, the man of the hour took note.

“I mean, it is 20,000 people in here,” Durant said of the crowd. “It’s kind of hard not to hear it.”

Now it’s up to the rest of the league to come to.

Durant continued his downright dominance in the absence of teammate and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook and made another statement in his season-long campaign for his first Most Valuable Player award.

He worked over the Warriors for 44 minutes Friday, beating them at their own game, splashing in shots and lighting up the scoreboard. He made 19 of 28 from the floor, went 5-for-9 from 3-point range and nailed 11 of his 13 foul shots.

He added four rebounds and six assists.

MVP-worthy indeed.

“It’s premature,” Durant countered when asked about the MVP chants. “It’s still early in the season. I try not to think about that type of stuff. Of course, as a player, you would love to win the MVP award. But I can’t think about that. I can’t take my focus off the team. Every day I got to just keep chipping away and keep enjoying the process and we’ll see what happens.”

Durant has scored at least 30 points 23 times this season. Friday was his fourth time this year pumping in at least 40 points.

Ten of his 30-point performances have come in the last 12 contests, a stretch that coincides with Westbrook undergoing a third surgical procedure on his right knee.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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