Kevin Durant put a stamp on his 2013-2014 MVP resumé by dropping half of his game-high 42 points in the fourth quarter against the NBA's worst fourth quarter team. A truly fitting finish.
The Pistons led by 10 with 10 minutes to play, and by all accounts played a great overall game, but they were outscored 28-17 the rest of the final quarter of the season. Durant scored 16 of those 28, including a driving dunk with 16 seconds left to play to put the Thunder up by the final score, 112-111.
Who stood out:
Starting in place of Rodney Stuckey, rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished the season with promise, scoring a career high 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting. He had 20 of his 30 in the first half.
-- Box Score
-- Andre Drummond finished with 22 and 13 before fouling out. It was his Eastern Conference best 57th double-double of the season.
-- Greg Monroe nearly recorded a triple-double with 22 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
-- Josh Smith didn't play and the Pistons were better -- imagine that!
-- Breathe. The season is finally over.
-- As I type this, the Kings are tied with the Suns at the half. If the Kings win, the Pistons will be tied with them for the 7th worst record in the NBA, with a coin flip deciding the combinations for the two teams.
-- Roll Call