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Thunder's Kevin Durant coming through as a closer once again, beating Grizzlies in Game 1

  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, bottom right, was called out-of-bounds and the ball awarded to the Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Oklahoma City won 93-91. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, bottom right, was called out-of-bounds and the ball awarded to the Thunder in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Oklahoma City won 93-91. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol, left, drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins defends 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/Alonzo Adams)

    Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol, left, drives to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins defends 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/Alonzo Adams)  (The Associated Press)

  • Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka defends during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013.  Oklahoma City won 93-91. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

    Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph, left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka defends during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Oklahoma City won 93-91. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)  (The Associated Press)

This year's playoffs are giving Kevin Durant the chance to prove he's among the best closers in the game.

When Durant hit the go-ahead jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 1 victory against Memphis on Sunday, it was the third time already this postseason that the All-Star has produced the go-ahead basket late in a close game. Durant's latest shot was the most dramatic so far.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins says it's those baskets that make players great. He listed Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and a handful of NBA legends from decades ago and said: "If you're not a clutch player, you're not a great player."

Game 2 in Oklahoma City is Tuesday night.