Game 4 loss a painful one for Thunder's Kevin Durant

by Jenni Carlson Published: May 24, 2011

A night that started so well for Kevin Durant ended with Eric Maynor lifting the Thunder superstar's crumpled body from the Oklahoma City Arena court.

His team's fate sealed in the final seconds of overtime, Durant could not hide his disappointment. His shoulders slumped. His head hung.

This one inflicted a deep wound.

Dallas 112, OKC 105.

On a night the Mavs took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals, overcoming a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit and winning in overtime, the Thunder got the best and the worst from Durant. His 29-point, 15-rebound performance was almost a triple-double. Had he committed one more turnover, he would've had it.

Yep, Durant had nine turnovers.

Egad.

Durant sat in his postgame conference, hand on his head, looking as down as he had in the final moments of overtime.

“I feel upset because I let them down,” he said of the Thunder faithful. “I let the city down.”

Who imagined Durant would be saying that when this night began?

After an abysmal start Saturday night, the Thunder hit its first nine shots Monday night. It went nearly five minutes without a miss. It had everything going.

No one was more locked in than Durant. He hit five baskets during that early flurry, one better than he made all of Saturday night.

“Early on, I was getting the ball where I wanted to and they were just playing straight-up defense,” Durant said.

Then, the double teams came.

Then, the triple teams.

He had passes tipped and stolen. He was called for offensive fouls. He went for his signature rip move, only to hear no whistle and turn over the ball.

At one point, Durant walked to the bench, asking for a conference with Thunder coach Scott Brooks but really wanting a sympathetic ear. Where were the calls? Where were the whistles?

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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