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Kevin Durant helps ambulance navigate through Oklahoma City traffic

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Kevin Durant has been making headlines for the Oklahoma City Thunder all season as he and Russell Westbrook have taken their team to a Western Conference Finals showdown with the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. 

However, he made news for a completely non-basketball related issue on Saturday after the story of him helping the emergency service navigate through rush hour traffic was revealed. On Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City, the forward helped an ambulance navigate its way through bumper-to-bumper gridlock.

One of the paramedics, Peter Radford, told Joleen Chaney of 9 News in Oklahoma: "We were stuck in traffic, so pretty much cars surrounding us all over. All of a sudden, I see a silver Ferrari or a silver sports car pull in behind us.

"I see this Ferrari has its flashers on. It's actually making way for us to get through and navigate all the traffic.

“Once we actually get through all the traffic, this silver Ferrari comes over to the side and waves to my partner. And my partner goes ‘Do you have any idea who that is?’ And, of course, I’m clueless. ‘That’s Kevin Durant.'”

But the humble as ever Durant refused to take credit for helping the ambulance navigate through the standstill, saying: "I saw the ambulance from behind me, and it was kind of slow in front of me, and I moved over.

"I said, ‘I’m just going to follow the ambulance so I can get through traffic real quick'. So I moved over. I can’t take full credit for that.”

He continued by joking: "I looked to the left of me and they were waving out the window. I was like 'don't you have a job to do?"


The Thunder have spent the weekend getting ready for their fourth Western Conference Finals series in the previous six years. 

After failing to reach the playoffs last season with Durant missing the majority of the campaign through injury, they sprung a surprise to knock the San Antonio Spurs out in six games in the semi-finals. 

They will need to be at their absolute best to overcome the champions and favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy. Even with Stephen Curry at less than 100 percent, the Warriors are still a daunting opposition. 

The unanimous MVP returned to devastating effect against the Portland Trail Blazers to prove he doesn't have to be at full fitness to have an impact on proceedings. However, Westbrook will be confident of capitalising if he sees any sign of doubt in his own body from his fellow All-Star. 

The Thunder have two of the league's best players, but the Warriors have the best team. It is going to be a thrilling series. 

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