Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant comes to life after hard fall in win over Milwaukee Bucks

What looked like a potential franchise crippler turned into a positive game-changer for the Thunder, the turning point in a needed 101-85 blowout of the Bucks.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 11, 2014

He was 1-of-9 shooting. His team was struggling. He had just committed a terrible turnover. And you could tell he was ticked off.

So Kevin Durant bolted full speed toward the defensive end, determined to make up for his passing blunder with an acrobatic blocked shot.

But as he soared through the air, and whiffed on the swat, Durant was unintentionally undercut by Reggie Jackson.

From about 10 feet up, the Thunder's franchise cornerstone came crashing down with a large thud. As he remained on the floor, writhing in pain, silence swept the arena.

“It was very scary,” Serge Ibaka said.

“It definitely had your heart beating fast,” Kendrick Perkins said.

But what looked like a potential franchise crippler turned into a positive game-changer for the Thunder, the turning point in a needed 101-85 blowout of the Bucks.

Durant got up, shook it off and didn't miss a second of game action.

Bad news for the Bucks.

Struggling before the fall — with a 1-of-9 shooting line and mounting frustration — Durant turned it around immediately after it.

On the first post-tumble possession, Durant drilled a wide-open three. On the next, he drove in for an acrobatic layup. Less than a minute later, he slammed one in off a great setup from Jackson.

“That fall woke me up,” Durant said postgame. “One of my friends text me after the game and said when I fell, he dropped to his knees and prayed for me. So I guess that helped, too.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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