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Kevin Durant praises God after win over Miami Heat

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Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News
Kevin Durant can’t seem to go anywhere without his name being associated with the title “MVP,” especially throughout the past 12 games,in which he has scored 30 points or more. Butnow fans are expressing their appreciation for more than his skill; they’re talking about his eagerness to credit God for his talent.Wednesday night, Durant helped the Oklahoma City Thunder pull off a win against LeBron James and the Miami Heat. In a post-game interview immediately after the win, ESPN correspondent Dorris Burke asked Durant how he has been able to play at such a high level as of late.

“Thank God, that’s all I can say. Jesus Christ,” Durant said.

Burke paused and then laughed, saying, “OK, thank you. You had nothing to do with it?”

“No, nothing. It’s all him,” Durant said.

After the interview, Durant’s remarks were tweeted out by basketball fans and by those who simply appreciated his acknowledgement of God.

This type of a response from Durant is nothing new, according to TulsaWorld.com, which reported that Durant has often spoken about his love for the Bible, even mentioning that he carries it in his backpack.

Last summer, Durant opened up about his baptism story and his love for Jesus Christ. Since then, his mother has also spoken about her son’s love for God, saying, “Kevin has always had a longing for the things of God and always had a longing for being in church and being in Bible study,” the Christian Post reported.

Since Durant’s most recent faith-based statement, many sports bloggers and social media users have debated Burke’s reaction. While many fans were upset and accused Burke of mocking Durant’s religious remark, others have stood up for Burke, explaining that she was simply caught off guard.

From Wikipedia

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player with the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association(NBA). Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and weighing 240 pounds (109 kg), he has played the small forward and power forward positions for the Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics. Durant has won an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, four NBA scoring titles, the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and an Olympic gold medal. He has also been selected to four All-NBA teams and five All-Star teams.

Durant was a heavily recruited high school prospect. He attended the University of Texas for one season of college basketball, where he won numerous year-end awards and became the first ever freshman to be named Naismith College Player of the Year. In the 2007 NBA Draft, he was selected second overall by the SuperSonics. After his rookie season, the team moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Behind his play, the Thunder reached the 2012 NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games.

Off the court, Durant has accumulated considerable wealth as a result of numerous endorsement contracts as well as his NBA salary. A well-liked player, he is a philanthropist who has donated money to various causes and is popular in Oklahoma City for his kindness toward the community. In 2012, he starred in his first feature film, Thunderstruck.

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