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Kevin Durant’s Dominant Performance Lifts Oklahoma City Thunder Over New York Knicks

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After a surprising loss to the Orlando Magic, the Oklahoma City Thunder brushed though the New York Knicks in a 112-100 home victory. The matchup caught the attention of fans all over due to the star power of Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, but there was only one player shining by the end of the game. Durant amazed with 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists on the day.

Durant and the Thunder have slowed down in February after a great month of January, dropping two of their first three games this month. The win puts them at 2-2 and right back on track. If you were thinking that Durant was done proving that he was the league’s MVP already, then you were clearly mistaken. His game today has to rank among the top when you mention his best performances this season.

The Thunder have the second best record in the NBA at 41-12. They were slated to slip when Russell Westbrook went down, but Durant saved their chances by stepping up in a major way. He was named the NBA Player of the Month for January, and will clearly be among the top contenders for the award in February. The Thunder are set to hit the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday before their primetime battle against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Durant and OKC will have another chance to prove that they are the league’s best team. Wins over the Blazers and Heat in the same week will quiet a lot of the doubt surrounding the organization.

Brian Anderson is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrAnderson035 “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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