Durant coming through as a closer once again


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Updated: 5/06/2013 6:40 pm Published: 5/06/2013 6:38 pm


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - This year's playoffs are giving Kevin Durant the chance to prove he's among the best closers in the game.

When Durant hit the go-ahead jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 1 victory against Memphis on Sunday, it was the third time already this postseason that the All-Star has produced the go-ahead basket late in a close game. Durant's latest shot was the most dramatic so far.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says it's those baskets that make players great. He listed Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and a handful of NBA legends from decades ago and said: "If you're not a clutch player, you're not a great player."

Game 2 in Oklahoma City is Tuesday night.

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