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Kevin Durant collects unwanted record during narrow playoff defeat

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Kevin Durant has been one of the league's most prolific scorers in the NBA during his nine-year career.

For the last seven seasons, the 27-year-old has averaged close to 30 points a game, including an average of 32 a night when he won the MVP award back in 2014.

That prowess led him to finish third in the scorers chart this year with an average of 28.2 points an outing, only trailing Stephen Curry and James Harden in the standings.

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However, even the greatest have off nights. Stephen Curry went 7-30 against the L.A. Lakers back in March, which included 1-10 from three-point range.

Unfortunately for Durant, his off night has occurred in the high-pressure environment of the playoffs.

Durant has equalled an undesirable record for misses in a postseason game with 26. Who else holds that record? The great Michael Jordan, who posted it in 1997.

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"Bad shooting night for me," Durant summarised after the game. "It's a part of it. I wish it didn't happen tonight, but it's a part of it. Got some great looks all night and just didn't knock 'em down. Just stick with my routine, don't do too much extra, and go out there tomorrow and get ready for practice.

"Just missed 'em. Just missed 'em," Durant continued. "Everything looked good for me. Coach drew up some good plays. Teammates set great screens. Russell delivered the ball perfect. It's on me after that. I've just got to make 'em next game."

According to ESPN Stats & Info, 22 of Durant's shots were contested, 18 came outside the paint and eight were in the fourth quarter, including three in the final 24 seconds.

However, his superstar teammate, Russell Westbrook, is adamant this was a one-off blip.

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"You constantly keep feeding him," Westbrook said. "He's the best player in the world. You have nights like that. My job is to find him and find a way to get him an easy basket. He missed easy ones tonight, but I know Kevin. I've been with him for too long, and that won't happen again."

Small forward Wesley Matthews was guarding Durant for the Dallas Mavericks, who emerged with an 85-84 victory in Game Two of their playoff series.

While he refused to take all the credit for slowing Durant down, he admitted it took a colossal effort to impact KD's rhythm.

"Not one individual can slow somebody like that down," Matthews said. "He's arguably the best scorer in the league. My team was great behind me, and he was probably missing some shots, some good looks. My offense wasn't there, but I was going to be damned if I was going to let that lead to an L for us."

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