Oklahoma City superstar shows why he is one of the best scorers in the league.
Kevin Durant leads the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Jazz with 42 points, including 22 from the free throw line.
The perennial MVP candidate made 22 of 24 free throws, just two off his career high, but was only 9 for 24 from the floor.
Reggie Jackson scored 14 points and had two clutch free throws of his own with 10.5 seconds to play. Thabo Sefolosha also had 14 points for the Thunder in this hard-fought game against the rebuilding Jazz.
Gordon Hayward had a chance to tie the game for the Jazz but missed a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Alec Burks had 19 of his 24 points in the second half for Utah and closed the gap to 99-98 on a dunk after Hayward came up with the ball in a mad scramble with 10 seconds left.
Oklahoma City led 79-64 before Burks began slicing through the Thunder defense for an array of acrobatic shots. In a span bridging the third and fourth quarter, the third-year reserve guard scored 13 of Utah’s 15 points and assisted on the other basket.