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Remote Patrol: Kevin Durant's 3-pointer brings strong reaction

by Mel Bracht Published: April 28, 2013
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/articleid/3804326/1/pictures/2038403">Photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) goes past Houston's Omer Asik (3) during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Sat., April 27, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) goes past Houston's Omer Asik (3) during Game 3 in the first round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Sat., April 27, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

HALFTIME COMMENTS

The Thunder's strong first-half performance earned praise from the ESPN studio crew of Jalen Rose, Michael Wilbon and Bill Simmons. They raved about Durant's 27- point performance and the team's 17-point lead.

“This is a statement game,” Simmons said. “Everybody was crossing off the Thunder after the Russell Westbrook thing. They still have the second-best player in the league and he's surrounded by good role guys. I'm not counting out this team.”

Simmons said he thought the team was playing with an “attitude.”

“We should mention a little feistiness on the part of the Thunder. We saw Perk's pick on (Patrick) Beverley. It seems like an angry Thunder team,” Simmons said.

Rose, a former NBA guard said, “On George Gervin's 61st birthday, we're talking about the remix: Iceberg Slim's 27 points in the first half.”

Rose said the team wanted to take care of business: “I think it goes to the fact that they lost an All-NBA performer. Let's get this series over with.”

SHORT TAKES

*When Durant drove the length of the court and for a slam in the first quarter, Barry was amazed: “That's not what you normally see from a point guard, dribbling it the length of the floor and then throwing it down on the other team's center. … Delicious … oh, sweet!”

*Barry said he thought Durant's rip move should be outlawed with no foul called on the defender.

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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