Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant blames himself for botched last-second play

Durant after loss to Golden State: “I got to be quicker on my toes. I got to make better plays.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 24, 2013

Trailing by two with 17.5 seconds left Wednesday at Golden State, the Thunder had the ball and a chance to tie the game or win it.

But coming out of a timeout, Kevin Durant threw a pass intended for Kendrick Perkins that was picked off by Warriors guard Stephen Curry. It was the fourth turnover of the fourth quarter for Durant and his sixth of the game.

After the game, Durant took the blame for the botched play.

“Our design was to get me a shot coming off toward the corner,” Durant explained. “But they had two on the ball. They left Perk. I just got to make a better read. I thought (Perkins) was going to (roll to the basket). But I got to hold onto that ball. That's all on me. I can't put Perk in that position. When I seen two on the ball it kind of caught me off guard. I got to be quicker on my toes. I got to make better plays.”

Warriors coach Mark Jackson, meanwhile, praised Curry for making a smart play.

“At that time we wanted to get the ball out of Durant's hands, or at least make him take a tough shot,” Jackson said after the game. “So we committed two guys to him. Actually, I just watched it again and it was a great read by Steph because (Russell) Westbrook is a little further out. Steph anticipated the play and got back in the picture.”

THUNDER NOT TAKING TEAMS LIGHTLY

Following the Thunder's 104-99 loss to the Warriors, a reporter asked Durant if it is harder for the Thunder to get up for every game now that OKC is the defending Western Conference champion. Durant seemed to take exception to the question.

“If it was like that, we wouldn't be 33-10,” Durant started. “We get up for every game. We know every game is important. That's how we look at it here. It's a big game every game, no matter who we're playing. Our record shows that we don't take any team lightly. We're not harping on the success of last year and winning the Western Conference Finals. That's over with. We get up for every single game.”


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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