“I can’t live with going out there and not playing my hardest and not having fun and just going through the motions. I got to be the same player I am every single night. Be consistent with my play in order for our team to succeed.”
Durant struggled with his shot for the second straight night and narrowly netted the necessary point total. The bucket that did it didn’t come until Durant hauled in an inbounds pass from Caron Butler and buried a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:01 left to play.
Even a road crowd erupted at the sight of the shot splashing in, perhaps acknowledging not only Durant pulling his team within 105-104 but also a small slice of history being made.
“I thought we made it a one-possession game,” Durant said, again downplaying the shot. “We had a chance to win. That’s all I was worried about.”
Durant made just seven of 19 shots in the game and went 3-for-9 in the fourth quarter.
A night earlier, Durant needed 26 shots to get 28 points in a home win over San Antonio.
But Durant said he isn’t pressing or overthinking, just missing.
“I would love to shoot 60 percent every game. But it’s not going to happen,” Durant said. “I’m always going to stay aggressive. I’m never going to let that stop me from playing my game. I’ll go back to the drawing board and keep working. That’s what I always do. It’s a matter of time before they start falling.”