Thunder vs Grizzlies NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant coming through for OKC as a closer once again

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- This year's playoffs are giving Kevin Durant the chance to prove he's among the best closers in the game.

When Durant hit the go-ahead jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 1 victory against Memphis on Sunday, it was the third time already this postseason that the All-Star has produced the go-ahead basket late in a close game.

"I just don't care. If I miss it, so what? Make it? Cool. Just go out there and play," Durant said during Tuesday's practice.

Durant's latest shot was the most dramatic so far.

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Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says it's those baskets that make players great.

He listed Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and a handful of NBA legends from decades ago and said: "If you're not a clutch player, you're not a great player."

Memphis forward Tayshaun Prince said guarding Durant is not an easy task. "There's pretty much nothing you can do," he said.

Game 2 in Oklahoma City is Tuesday night.

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