In his third season, Kevin Durant has continued to struggle in coming up with last-second shots to tie or win the game. Durant missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer on Friday at Memphis. He had his potential game-tying driving layup attempt blocked by LeBron James with 2.9 seconds left to play Saturday at Cleveland. But the budding All-Star forward says he’s getting better in those situations. "I’m learning,” Durant said. "I’m learning each time I do that. Last year, we didn’t have this many close games, or the year before that. But I’m learning, that’s all I can say. I’m going to continue to be aggressive in those times, and hopefully they fall for me.” Durant also failed to net big shots against the Sacramento and the Los Angles Lakers. But when asked what he’s learning, Durant said that he needs to continue to be aggressive. "I think I made a good move (against Cleveland) and shot a good shot, but it got blocked,” Durant said. "Against Memphis, I shot a good shot and missed. It’s going to happen. I think I’m going to learn from those and hopefully I start to make shots.”
HOME STRETCH ON THE HORIZONAfter the longest road trip of the season, the Thunder will now have a four-game homestand that starts Wednesday against Chicago. Oklahoma City will then play host to Denver on Friday, Golden State on Sunday and Atlanta on Feb. 2. The Thunder went 2-2 on the four-game trip, winning the first two and losing the final two to Memphis and Cleveland by a combined three points. "We’re not just going to go onto anybody’s court and win,” Brooks said. "We have to put ourselves in a position to win and we did that on this trip. Even the games that we won could have gone either way.”
BRIEFLYDurant has now scored at least 30 points in 15 of the past 18 games and 25 points or more in 18 consecutive games. ...The Thunder fell to 15-5 against the East after Saturday’s loss to the Cavs.
James vs. OKCCleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has dominated the Thunder this season. Here are his averages against Oklahoma City — after two meetings: →Points: 40.5 →Assists: 9.0 →Rebounds: 8.0 →Fg percentage: 52.1