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Kevin Durant coming through as a closer once again

Monday - 5/6/2013, 10:12pm  ET

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots in front of Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their NBA basketball playoff series in the Western Conference semifinals, Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 93-91. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

JEFF LATZKE
AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Pondering Kevin Durant's latest big-time shot on the playoff stage, Lionel Hollins started listing a who's who of NBA greats from days gone by: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, George Mikan, Bob Pettit.

What do they all have in common?

"If you just go through the history, all the great players made big shots," said Hollins, the Memphis Grizzlies coach. "That's why they're great, not just good."

"If you're not a clutch player, you're not a great player," he added. "You cannot be a great player and not be a clutch player."

Durant is trying to blaze his own path to greatness with his own successes in the closer's role for the Oklahoma City Thunder. His jumper with 11.1 seconds left in Oklahoma City's Game 1 victory against Memphis on Sunday marked the third time already this postseason that the All-Star has produced the go-ahead basket late in a close game.

He also did it with a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3 against Houston in the first round and another 3 with just under 2
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