Thunder forward Kevin Durant, playing without running buddy Russell Westbrook, put on a show in Game 3, finishing with a game-high 41 points, nailing a key three-pointer late, and throwing down these two monster dunks against the Rockets.
With a little more than three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Durant took the ball coast-to-coast against a set Rockets defense, using an open court screen to free himself from Chandler Parsons before crossing over past James Harden and rising high to dunk with his right hand over Omer Asik. Sure, some of this was inexcusable complacency from the Rockets' defense but Durant made them in breathtaking fashion.
But, wait, there was more.
Just before the end of the third quarter, Durant drove past Parsons going to his left from the top of the key, elevating from well outside the protected circle to dunk past Rockets rookie forward Terrence Jones. This wasn't a pure posterization, but even though Jones had little impact on the play he still found himself in the picture.
Oklahoma City prevailed 104-101 in Houston on Saturday to take a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is set for Monday.
Durant's slam over Asik joins Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Pacers forward Gerald Green, Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes in the “Dunk of the Playoffs” conversation. RELATED: Top 10 Dunks of the 2012-13 Season