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An edited version of Kevin Durant’s emotional MVP speech. KD gets choked up, he thanks his mom, and he doesn’t forget Russ, even though he wants to tackle him sometimes.

Most improbable moment of the day

Someone mentioned Hasheem Thabeet in an MVP acceptance speech.

Who is the Thunder’s MVP for the first round? Kevin Durant? Russell Westbrook? It might just be rookie center/hockey goon Steven Adams, who goaded Zach Randolph into this altercation. It wasn’t much of a punch, but it was enough to get Z-Bo suspended for Game Seven tomorrow. OKC fans are elated, Memphis fans are bummed, Ed Davis is trying not to hyperventilate, and NHL fans are laughing at what passes for a playoff fight in this sport.

As Steven Adams was selected with Toronto’s first round pick, delivered by way of Houston, this suspension also represents the first tangible return from the James Harden trade. Take a bow, Sam Presti!

Here’s Russell Westbrook stealing the ball from Mike Conley, down two, and dunking with four seconds left to send the game into overtime. This series has been full of heroic OKC efforts - Durant’s four-point play, Westbrook’s four-point play - to force an OT in which the Thunder would ultimately lose. There are years when the “One Shining Moment” montage contains fewer memorable plays than the Thunder have made in their five playoff games - and yet they face elimination, on the road, two days from now. If only there was a way to hit on a five-point play! It may not be theoretically possible, but if anyone can bend time and space through pure force of will in order to win a game, it’s Russell Westbrook.

BUZZER BEATEN

BUZZER BEATEN

As if a series that had four consecutive games go to overtime wasn’t close enough already, tonight’s came down to a tenth of a second, which is about how far after the buzzer Serge Ibaka’s putback came. Game 6 is Thursday, and you might as well add an hour to your DVR recording time now, because it’s probably not going to end in regulation.

This is one hell of an NBA 2K MyCareer season.

This is one hell of an NBA 2K MyCareer season.

Kevin Durant, the greatest H-O-R-S-E player of all time, delivers a four-point play.

The refs pretended to review the play to see if KD stayed in bounds, but secretly they just wanted to watch that shot five more times.

FEAR THE REAPER AND SEND HELP.

FEAR THE REAPER AND SEND HELP.

Russell Westbrook’s game winner Vine’d via @royceyoung​ of the Daily Thunder.

(pic via nba-4-life)
With no announcement about it, Kevin Durant quietly donates $1 million to the Red Cross to support the Oklahoma tornado relief effort.

(pic via nba-4-life)

With no announcement about it, Kevin Durant quietly donates $1 million to the Red Cross to support the Oklahoma tornado relief effort.

NBA Playoffs throwback: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 2011, Western Conference semifinals.

In a must-win game 4 with the Thunder down 2-1 in the series, Russell Westbrook goes for 40 in Memphis in a triple overtime victory. The Thunder go on to win the series before losing to Dallas in the WC Finals.

The rematch, sans Russ, begins Sunday at 1pm ET on ABC.

Sounds like a personal problem.
Kendrick Perkins in response to James Harden’s comment that the Rockets were “shell shocked” in Game 1. Zing!
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