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Kevin Durantisn’t one to celebrate early. But with victory secured and a few seconds remaining in the sixth game of the Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder star fell into an embrace with his mother near her courtside seat. The Thunder would go to the 2012 NBA Finals. They would beat the San Antonio Spurs, one-time rulers of the Western Conference, 107-99. But first, a moment of shared elation with family. The Thunder are indeed one step closer — one step closer to claiming the NBA title that eluded the franchise for 28 years before it relocated from Seattle in 2008. One step closer than they were a year ago, when the Dallas Mavericks denied them in the conference finals. One step closer to their goal in choosing Durant with the second pick in the 2007 draft. The 6-9 forward, whose postgame television interview was interrupted by a deafening chorus of “MVP” chants, was willing to do anything to fulfill that goal — even take a charge.

I don’t know if we can call anyone the clear-cut best player in the NBA besides Kevin Durant. Last night was proof that if your building a franchise right now you start with Kevin Durant. The guy is simply getting it done in the playoffs and he comes with virtually no drama. Lebron? Kobe? Kevin Love? Nope. It’s Durant. You look at the whole body of work – from regular season, to playoffs, to PR and he’s the cream of the crop in the NBA.

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