NBA: The 30 most unforgettable individual playoff runs: 30. Kevin Durant (2012)
Kevin Durant was one of the blossoming stars in the league in 2012 but had yet to make his first trip to the NBA Finals. That changed on this masterful run where he averaged 28.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. He shot 51.7 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from distance.
The run started with a first-round matchup against the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks. The Oklahoma City Thunder dismissed them in four games and Durant scored at least 24 points in each game. Then they moved on to take on the Los Angeles Lakers and only needed five games to take care of business against them. He finished the series with consecutive double-doubles and then added a third in a row to start the Conference Finals.
After going down two games to none against the San Antonio Spurs the Thunder won four games in a row to finally make it to the NBA Finals. The Thunder won the first game by 11 points on the back of 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists. This was the first step in the narrative rivalry between LeBron James and Durant. While this meeting ultimately went to the King, Durant stood out as special and would come back for more in the future.