Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant improves rebounding

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 11, 2010 at 4:40 am •  Published: January 11, 2010
Kevin Durant grabbed 12 rebounds against Indiana, posting his eighth double-double, tying Russell Westbrook for the team lead. Durant leads the Thunder in rebounding (7.0 average per game). Last season, he averaged 6.5 rebounds.

"We knew they were a team that liked to get up and down,” Durant said of the Pacers. "They shoot a lot of 3’s and have a lot of long rebounds. I just wanted to get in there and help the bigs.”

Mired in a 3-13 slump to start the season, New York has gone 12-7 the past five weeks to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race. Six Knicks average double figures.

David Lee is among the NBA leaders in double-doubles (17). Nate Robinson has averaged 19.3 points the past four games after being benched for a month (14 games).

"They can score so many different ways,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "They can shoot 3’s. They can drive and get points off their drive-and-kick game. David Lee is as good a rebounder as there is in the league.

"Now that Robinson is back in the mix, they have scoring off the bench. Coach (Mike) D’Antoni is a tremendous offensive coach.

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