The big sports story of the weekend might have been the Broncos and Seahawks punching their tickets to the Super Bowl. But the NBA got things started with two epic individual performances.
Let's start with Kevin Durant. With Russell Westbrook still out, recovering after knee surgery, Durant has had to be Oklahoma City's leader on the court. And he's done a pretty good job — the Thunder are a respectable 7-5 with Westbrook out of the lineup. Durant has put up 48 points twice in that span, but against the Warriors on Friday he went next level. In the Thunder's 127-121 win over Golden State, Durant went Beast Mode, putting up an incredible 54 points on only 68 touches. It was the best game of his pro career, going 19-28 from the field, 5-9 from the three-point line, and hit 11 of 13 free throws.
Dude was on fire, and here's the video evidence:
Now let's head to Indiana, where the Pacers' Paul George uncorked one of the greatest dunks in recent memory.
In the fourth quarter of the Pacers' game against the LA Clippers, George stripped Darren Collison of the ball and drove into the offensive zone. He was all alone when he got to the paint, and with an open lane launched himself for a 360-degree dunk.
As you can imagine, George's Pacers teammates — and the hometown crowd — went nuts:
Indiana won 106-92, and George finished with 36 points. But all anyone is talking about his is air show. And really, how could you not? That dunk is epic!
What was more impressive: Kevin Durant's 54-point night, or Paul George's 360 dunk? Let us know in the comments section below!
Photos: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Durant), Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (George)