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What A 3-Pointer!!! Is Kevin Durant Playing With A Loaded Ball? (Video)
Kevin Durant Gets A Very, Very Kind Bounce
So it's game 3 of the 2013 NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. The Thunder are down by two points with just under a minute left in the game. Without Russell Westbrook, it is no wonder why the Thunder are in such a tight game anyway. Kevin Durant is at the outer three point circle with the ball, with a cautious Francisco Garcia digging into his heels. Despite the defense, Kevin Durant seemed to remain poised, as he dribbled with a sure shot attempt in mind. Just at 40 seconds, Durant pulls up for a 3-point shot in the face of the contesting Garcia. To no avail however, was Garcia's brave defensive gesture, as the ball left Durant's hand in high arcing fashion, over the reach of his opponent. As the ball made its way to the hoop, it soon met the back of the rim and took a very high and linear bounce straight up into the air well over the height of the backboard, and seemed to have even cleared the height of the shot-clock, before making its way back down toward the uncertainty of going through the hoop.
As if this wasn't enough of a cringing moment, the ball finally made it's way back down only to stir up the anticipation of Thunder players even more, by then bouncing off of the front of the rim. Upon its decent, the seemingly loaded basketball hit the back of the rim once again, before finally finding its way to the bottom of the net. What a 3-pointer!!! Thunder players showed their emotions of excitement and relief, as the daunting shot proved to be the go-ahead shot that put the Thunder up in score by a point. Kevin Durant himself too showed some emotion, with a fist clutch, but it also matched the resolved and poised character that he always displays during clutch situations. The Houston Rockets players and fans however, illustrated signs of agony and disbelief, with facial expressions that gave thought to; 'Is Kevin Durant playing with a loaded ball?'. The Thunder went on to win the game by a score of 104-101 and takes the series 3 games to none, possibly shattering any hopes of a comeback by the Rockets in this series.