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Thunder notebook: Mark Cuban encourages Kevin Durant

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 17, 2010
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After Dallas’ 99-98 win over the Thunder Friday night in Dallas, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stopped Kevin Durant, told him he was incredibly talented, wished him luck and chided him about having more Twitter followers.

"I’m a young guy just trying to find my way in this league,” Durant said. "I’ve got a long way to go. For him to stop me and tell me that it felt good.”

TURNOVER TROUBLES
The Thunder had 23 turnovers Saturday against Miami to match their season high. After posting a superb 3.64-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio the previous 16 games the past month, Russell Westbrook dished out 11 assists but also had seven turnovers. Backup point guard Eric Maynor then played most of the fourth quarter.

"It was just the rhythm of the game,” said coach Scott Brooks. "We were up. We were building a lead. I was going to stay with (Maynor) as long as everything was under control. He did a great job of that in the fourth quarter.”

HOUSE HUNTING?
When talking about his NBA autograph shoe collection, Durant said he won’t have a chance to display the shoes until he purchases a home.

"They’re just in a box in my closet right now,” Durant said. "Once I figure out my house situation, and I buy a house out here, I’ll have a room for (the shoes) and set them up there.”

Durant hasn’t committed to purchasing a home in Oklahoma City but said he might begin looking "either next summer or this summer.”

LATE ARRIVAL
The Heat spent Friday night in a hotel in Houston after their win over the Rockets because fog prevented them from flying to Oklahoma City.

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