Kevin Durant credits hard fall for turnaround against Bucks

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Kevin Durant went up to block a shot in transition and hit the hardwood with a thud, but it was exactly what the NBA's scoring leader needed to turn his game around.

Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points for the fourth time in five games in the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the Milwaukee Bucks, but it wasn't an easy start for the NBA's scoring leader. He started the game going 1-of-8 from the field, struggling to find his shooting stroke. How did he turn that slow start into a 33-point, 10-rebound, seven-assist outing? It all started with this nasty fall he took after trying to get back on defense to block a layup attempt from Giannis Antetokounmpo:


And another angle:


It was a nasty fall, but Durant credited the injury scare for sparking his turnaround, reports Anthony Slater of News OK:

"That fall woke me up," Durant said postgame. "One of my friends text me after the game and said when I fell, he dropped to his knees and prayed for me. So I guess that helped, too."

It's hard to argue with the statement considering the swift turnaround from that point for Durant. After the 1-of-8 start he went 7-of-10, leading the Thunder to victory to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. Yeah, he was feeling alright after the fall:


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