NBA players go nuts after Kevin Durant hit the most amazing shot of the year

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The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 111-105 in overtime in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs, but they only managed to get that far because of Kevin Durant, who hit the most ridiculous shot of the year in the fourth quarter.

With 13.3 seconds left in regulation and down 98-93, Durant found himself in the corner to catch a pass from Russell Westbrook. With Marc Gasol draped all over him, Durant lost balance and was on his way out of bounds, but somehow managed to get a shot off in the process. Here is what followed:

One video-game 3-pointer made. And one.

It was an unbelievable conversion, and it darn near broke twitter in the process. Here are some notable reactions from players around the league:

Nowitzki, Conley, Dragic, Stoudemire key for NBA Teams Chasing Final Playoff Spots

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With one week left in the NBA regular season, the pressure is on for two Eastern Conference teams and four Western Conference teams fighting for the final playoff spots. Millions will intently watch what transpires over the next seven days as teams face must-win games, and the effort and intensity pick up.

Each of these half-dozen teams have a player who will greatly impact the fate of their clubs the rest of the way.

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VIDEO: What’s Wrong With Pacers; Grizzlies Will Earn 7th; Cavs Making Push

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How about those Indiana Pacers? For five straight games they have been held below 90 points — and in four of those games they were sub-80. Their last two victories have been quality wins against the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls, but they have lost five of six overall and are now tied in the loss column with LeBron James’ team.

All in all, it is fair to call them something close to a mess as they head into Monday night’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs, who come in riding a 17-game winning streak — tying a franchise record. (More on the Spurs’ streak here).

What’ll it take to win tonight — or at least to keep it competitive? Well, getting to 90 points would be a start. The Pacers are 7-2 this month when they reach that number. Indiana has one road win over a winning team since Jan. 20 and is 6-9 in its last 15 games overall.

Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: The Wild, Wild West Race Between Dallas, Memphis and Phoenix

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wild wild westIt’s been a while since the Western Conference wasn’t jam-packed with high-end teams, and this season is no exception. If anything, it’s been even more absurdly competitive.

Five teams will almost certainly finish with 50 wins, and at least one team with a win total in the mid-40s is guaranteed to miss the playoffs. We know this because as of this writing, the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies own the 7-9 seeds with identical 43-30 records. Last I checked, only eight teams make the postseason.

The race is getting down to the wire, and it’s a helluva lotta fun to watch.

VIDEO: Did bad loss to Cavs doom Knicks? Who gets West’s eighth seed? Beware the Grizzlies

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Carmelo AnthonySunday night’s self-destruction against the Cavs was about as bad of a loss as the Knicks could have imagined, given that they had a chance to pull within two games of the Atlanta Hawks, who had lost earlier in the day.

Well, to be fair, it wasn’t totally a self-destruction. Jarrett Jack was phenomenal for Cleveland on offense, repeatedly burning Raymond Felton, and Luol Deng did a terrific job on Carmelo Anthony, keeping the ball out of the NBA’s second-leading scorer on multiple possessions.

But this still goes down as a bad, bad loss for the Knicks, whose eight-game winning streak came to a halt.

It’s too bad we will not have a race for the eighth spot in the East. It seems that way, though you cannot understate just how bad the Hawks are — and how capable they are of losing their three-game lead.

In the West, the Suns and Mavs are battling it out for the final playoff spot, and Phoenix gave itself a big boost Sunday by getting 61 bench points in a huge comeback victory over the Timberwolves. The Suns now have four winnable games to close out the month, then a very difficult April schedule.

Will they get in? And which low-seeded team will have the best chance of making some noise in the first round of the playoffs?

My answers in this video interview with Noah Coslov of CineSport.