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Oklahoma City Thunder

This Day in NBA History: In 2014, Kevin Durant drops 51 including the game-winning three in double-overtime & more

On March 21 in 2014, Kevin Durant put on a show at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.

Durant finished with 51 points (15-32 FGs, 7-12 3s, 14-19 FTs), 12 rebounds and seven assists, including the game-winning 3-pointer in a 119-118 win.

With teammate Russell Westbrook limping off the floor in the third quarter after spraining his right ankle, it was on Durant to take the team to victory. While he put up all-round numbers, he did receive plenty of help from reserve guard Reggie Jackson, who finished with 21 points in the 29 minutes he played after Westbrook's injury.

However, when it mattered the most, it was Durant that carried the Oklahoma City Thunder home. He brought them from eight points down with a minute left by scoring six of the team's 9-2 run, which he sealed with a clutch long bomb over Amir Johnson.

This game would be his last 50-point performance as a member of the Thunder.

That campaign Durant averaged a career-high 32.0 points while also posting 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists to lead the Thunder to a 59-23 record despite All-Star Westbrook missing 36 games of the season.

Those numbers earned him his first and only career league MVP award.

Other notable events on March 21

  • In 1953, Hall of Famer Bob Cousy scored 50 points (25 of which came in overtime sessions) in the Boston Celtics' 111-105 elimination win over the Syracuse Nationals in a quadruple overtime contest of the Eastern Division Semifinals. His 30 free-throws are an NBA record (regular season and playoffs).
  • In 1989, 7-7 Golden State Warriors center Manute Bol blocked 13 shots in a 151-127 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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