Kevin Durant is edging closer to a return to the NBA Finals after a four-year absence as the Oklahoma City Thunder hold a 2-1 lead over the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.
The 2014 All-Star led all scorers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena as his 33 points helped the Thunder blow out the Warriors with an astonishing 133-105 final score.
Durant shot 66.7 percent from the field on his 15 attempts, including going 1-3 from three-point territory. He was also 100 percent from the charity stripe from his 12 shots at the line, to go with eight rebounds.
It was a strong night for the forward as the Thunder gained a huge advantage over their Western Conference Finals opponents. And what better time to showcase a new pair of trainers than in the biggest game of OKC's season so far.
Durant unveiled the latest iteration of his signature Nike shoe, the new KD 9s during game three and they obviously felt good as he got off to a flying start to give the franchise an early advantage that they never looked back from.
Nike released a statement on the trainers in March, saying: "In response to Kevin Durant’s trademark versatility and impressive court coverage (approximately four miles a game and 15 marathons a season), it offers support, comfort and responsiveness via the most advanced construction of Nike Flyknit and Zoom Air technologies to date, adapted to basketball’s specifications.
"Designed by Leo Chang, the low-cut shoe features a Flyknit upper engineered down to the pixel for maximum containment. Specifically, it features a pattern with a distinct honeycomb structure precisely knit for the multidimensional movement of basketball and Durant’s lateral quickness."
Despite the Air Zooms being shown for the first time over two months ago, they will not be made available to the general public until June 20. It is not yet known what the price of the trainers will be, but the KD 8s are selling on the manufacturer's official website from between £115 - £155.
KD could be wearing his 9s all the way to the Finals after the latest win for the Thunder.
It is too early to count out the Warriors, but following Draymond Green's punt into Steven Adams' groin, any potential loss of the 2016 All-Star would be a huge blow for the Dubs.
Of course, they still have the quality to turn the series around, but the Thunder look hungry and Durant, alongside Russell Westbrook, seems determined to end his trophy drought.
With free agency approaching, a trip to the Finals and a potential ring could give the 27-year-old the belief he needs to remain in Oklahoma City.
At this stage in his career, it is all about building a legacy with championship rings and the Thunder are finally showing they are capable of competing once again.