OKC Thunder Top 10 Individual Performances of 2012

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5. Durant drops 40 and 17 vs. Minnesota

In the same game Westbrook scored a career-high 45, Durant was even more impressive scoring 40 points himself to go with 17 rebounds and five assists. Durant hit the clutch shots down the stretch as well as the Thunder held off the Timberwolves in double-overtime despite 51 points from Kevin Love.

4. Russ goes off in Game 4 of the NBA Finals

This one comes in a loss but that’s because it was just that impressive. Westbrook went for 43 points on 20-of-32 shooting from the field in Game 4 of the NBA Finals vs. the Miami Heat. He amazingly only attempted three free throws in that game. He added five assists and seven rebounds as well but made a big bone-headed decision late that would cost the Thunder the game and eventually the series.

3. Durant outplays LeBron in Game 1 of the Finals

The Thunder got off to a great start in Game 1 of the NBA Finals coming from behind to beat the Heat behind 36 points, four assists and eight rebounds by Durant with 17 of his points coming in the fourth quarter. He outplayed LeBron James head-to-head and the Thunder looked like the better team with younger legs ready to knock off the Heat. That would be the high point of the series for the Thunder but it was a sign that LeBron’s reign as the game’s best player isn’t going to last forever.

2. Durant closes out the Spurs with 34 and 14

The Spurs led by 14 points after the first quarter and by 15 at halftime in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Then the Thunder came back in the third as Durant scored 14 in the period. Durant finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, 4-of-8 from downtown and 12-of-15 from the free throw line.

1. Durant scores a career-high 51

It was bound to happen soon and Durant finally hit the 50-point plateau with a 51-point performance vs. the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 19. The Thunder won 124-118 in overtime as Durant went 19-of-28 from the field, 5-of-6 from three and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Durant had 15 in the fourth quarter and six points in overtime.

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