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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant insists he's learning how to step up late

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: January 25, 2010 at 4:42 am •  Published: January 25, 2010
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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 HORIZON
After the longest road trip of the season, the Thunder will now have a four-game homestand that starts Wednesday against Chicago.