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Kevin Durant's game-winner: How they called the shot that won Game 1

REMOTE PATROL — Kevin Durant's game-winning shot gave ESPN, Fox Sports broadcasters a chance to test their skills.
by Mel Bracht Modified: April 29, 2012 at 12:18 am •  Published: April 29, 2012
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“Let me tell ya. It's so exciting to be here. The atmosphere is the best in the league. The people are wonderful. Dallas is playing its best basketball, and it's like a chess match. You read the zone, the man-to-man.”

Brown did an excellent job of explaining the Mavs' matchup zone and how the Thunder should attack it. “Like we've been saying, you get it into the paint with the pass or the dribble.”

Brown had high praises for numerous Thunder players, including James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Durant. After Harden had drawn a foul on a drive in the second quarter, Brown said, “I just love his game. He understands the game. He reads the creases in the defenses. Him being left-handed, he has a beautiful stride and he can play the glass extremely well. A very, very intelligent young man.”

He noted Durant's improved passing skills. “I love Kevin Durant's game right now. He says the game has slowed down to me. He sees many things when he's dribbling.”

SHORT TAKES

** Brown referred to the Thunder as Oklahoma at least twice and Cox did it once.

** FSOK's coverage included several shots of the thousands of fans gathered in “Thunder Alley” outside the arena to watch the game on the big screen. The network also had a nice touch by carrying the Thunder pregame introductions, which are not shown in the regular season. The hour pregame show also captured the atmosphere of the game.

** On the ESPN studio show, Magic Johnson lamented Bulls guard Derrick Rose's season-ending knee injury. “The league loses because this matchup (Bulls-Heat) was really set up. It would have been one helluva series to see.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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