29 Apr '12, 8am

Basketball: Durant's shot lifts Thunder over Mavs

Basketball: Durant's shot lifts Thunder over Mavs

OKLAHOMA CITY: Kevin Durant rattled in the game-winner with 1.5 seconds to play on Sunday as Oklahoma City downed reigning NBA champions Dallas 99-98 in their Western Conference playoff opener. "Man, it looked bad when it left my hand," Durant said of the shot that bounced high off the rim before dropping through the net. "I'd been struggling all night with my shot, missing open ones. But thank the Lord that one went in," he said. With no timeouts left, the Mavericks were unable to get a shot off at the buzzer. Dirk Nowitzki had put the Mavericks ahead 98-97 with two free throws with nine seconds remaining. But on an inbounds play after an Oklahoma City timeout, Durant threw up a shot over two Dallas defenders to give the Thunder the narrow victory in a re-match of last season's Western Conference finals. Durant, the NBA scoring champion, finished the game with 25 points o...

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