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Sixers lose to the Thunder and the player who should be the face of the NBA.

Kevin Durant hit a three-pointer with 6.2 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, then helped the Thunder win in overtime.

Sixers lose to the Thunder and the player who should be the face of the NBA.

Kevin Durant hit a three pointer in the closing seconds of the game to send it into overtime. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Kevin Durant hit a three pointer in the closing seconds of the game to send it into overtime. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Kevin Durant nailed about a 30-footer with 6 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, where the Thunder pulled out a 110-105 win over the Sixers.

Durant finished with 34 points, teaming with Russell Westbrook (27) to provide the one-two punch that was enough to hand the Sixers their first loss in four games.

Durant is a wonderful talent, encompassing a deadly jumper, speed and rebounding ability into his long, very lean body. He is averaging over 28 points a game, which leads the league, and helped the Thunder secure their 40th victory of the season on Wednesday.

But there is so much more to this guy, all positive. He is almost too good to be true. He should be the face of the NBA for years to come.

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This past summer I was in Orlando for a week during the Rookie Summer League to check out new Sixer Evan Turner. Oklahoma City also had a team entered. Durant, obviously, wasn't on the roster. But every game he tThunder played, and there was four in four days, their star player was there, cheering, lending words of advice, generally happy just to be part of the week. I asked Thunder coach Scott Brooks about it, and he simply said: "The guy just loves basketball."

Today, Brooks told reporters of how Durant is the first one at practices and the last one to leave. He said the University of Texas product approaches each and every practice as if he was the 12th man on the team vying for playing time.


While there are certainly things that make people cringe when speaking of the NBA, Durant is everything that is right about the league.

Another post, one about the hometown Sixers, will be coming shortly.

 


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Bob Cooney
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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