Kevin Durant continues to be amazing this year and against the Los Angeles Lakers he may have had his most impressive sequence of the season. The above video shows one of the more heady plays of the year by anyone in the NBA.
After teammate and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook hit a three-pointer with just 0.8 seconds to go in the first half, Durant didn’t lazily jog back to the other end of the court like the period was over. Nope, he through the halftime buzzer.
Lakers’ center Andrew Bynum went to toss the inbounds pass and threw a lazy lob in the direction of Metta World Peace. Durant waited and looked disinterested as if he was only playing token defense. Turns out, Durant was just baiting Bynum. Then he stepped in front of the pass, grabbed it and quickly fired up an awkward shot that hit nothing but net.
The basket was initially waived off, but after further review it was correctly called good.
Thanks to that shot and Westbrook’s three, the Thunder scored five points in just 0.8 seconds. So in a span of less than one second of game time, the Thunder went from trailing 43-41 to taking a 46-43 lead into the break.