Kevin Durant embracing closer role

NBA leading scorer's heroics show he's developed into go-to guy at crunch time

Updated: April 29, 2012, 5:09 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- They are a couple of the most freakishly gifted, hard-to-guard scorers in NBA history, but they both had to figure out how to do their job in those moments when the stakes and pressure are maximized.

It took Dirk Nowitzki several years, the Dallas Mavericks superstar acknowledges, but he developed into one of the NBA's elite closers and has a 10-month-old Finals MVP trophy to prove it.

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, a 23-year-old kid fresh off ...

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