Kevin Durant and his mother, Wanda Pratt, share a very special relationship. On Saturday night, the eve of Mother’s Day, Lifetime aired a special film “The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story”.
The film, inspired by the superstar’s MVP speech in 2014, propelled Durant to drop 41 points as mother Wanda watched from courtside as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-98 to tie the Western Conference Semifinals at two wins apiece. |Final Box Score|
Kevin Durant thanks all the mothers…
After the victory, Durant thanked all the mothers in the world. “Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mothers out there. And finally she (Wanda) got to come out to a playoff game this postseason so I was glad to make her proud.” Durant had a special night which included a 14 made field goals from 25 attempts and 43 minutes on the court. Durant’s faithful partner, Russell Westbrook, had another streaky shooting night (5/18) but made up for it with 15 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 assists as Thunder ran away with the game in the fourth quarter.
Spurs entered the fourth quarter with an 81-77 lead. And that’s when Kevin Durant decided to take over. The forward dropped 17 points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the entire Spurs roster by a point. Thunder outscored Spurs 34-14 in the final period to seal a comfortable victory. “When you have a deep team, those 40-point nights – they don’t come a lot. I’m just trying to be consistent in what I do, and I know in any given moment, I can go off and get a few shots,” Durant said after tying his playoff-high 41 points.
Turning the series around…
Thunder entered the game trailing 1-2 and in serious danger of going back to San Antonio with only one home victory. Durant thanked his teammates for stepping up when it mattered most. “My teammates did a great job of sticking with me and finding me and getting me easy baskets and screening for me and sacrificing their bodies, and I’m definitely grateful for it. After they do all that, it’s on me to finish the shot and just stick to the fundamentals I’ve been practicing since I was a kid.”
Spurs star Kawhi Leonard acknowledged that it was nearly impossible to stop Durant. “Durant got away from us. Westbrook did a great job getting his teammates involved. But (they) got those offensive rebounds when we’d get him to miss.”
Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder will now travel to San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday.