He had 15 points in the first period, splashing in three 3-pointers, a smooth fadeaway and a sick step-back jumper to show he has indeed regained his rhythm.
“Kevin hasn't shot the ball well, but he's taken good shots,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He hasn't forced shots and he got to the free throw line last game. But it was good to have a good start. He's earned it. He works as hard as anybody I've ever been around. You knew he was going to have a good shooting game sooner or later.”
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Durant simply was “jumping over us and hitting shots.”
The same stout defense that Dallas forward Shawn Marion had displayed in Games 1 and 2 was no match for Durant this time.
“Look, he's a great player,” Carlisle said of Durant. “He's the best scorer on the planet. And Marion did a phenomenal job for two games, and tonight Durant picked his level up a little bit and he was making some of those contested shots. What was he, 11-of-15? I mean that's a phenomenal shooting night in a game that their spreading the ball around quite a bit.”
With 4:54 left to play, Durant dropped in his final shot on a straightaway 3-pointer. It gave the Thunder a 26-point lead. It prompted Brooks to empty his bench.
And it quite possibly ripped the heart out of the defending champs and their die-hard fans down in Big D.