Kevin Durant repeatedly has said a two-month-long, 25-point scoring streak isn’t important. His focus is winning games.
That’s why Durant wasn’t celebrating when he was informed after a 104-102 loss to Phoenix Tuesday night that he now leads the NBA in scoring.
Durant scored 36 points on a night LeBron James scored only 20 to leapfrog James in the scoring chase. But Oklahoma City had its nine-game win streak end before a sellout crowd at the Ford Center.
"I don’t really care,” Durant said of leading the league. "We had a good streak going in the win column. This was a tough one. It could have been 10 in a row. That’s the last thing I’m worried about.”
Durant’s sullen mood was indicative of the Thunder locker room. Oklahoma City overcame a 15-point deficit to lead by 98-88 with just under five minutes to play. The Thunder was still up 100-93 with just over two minutes left.
"Teams in this league make scoring runs,” Durant said. "Of course, the game is not over when you’re up 10 points. We saw that the other night when we (came back) at New York. It was a tough loss.”
Oklahoma City tries to start another win streak tonight at San Antonio.
"We knew a streak like that wasn’t going to last through the rest of the season,” Durant said. "We would like for it to, but this league is tough for a team to do that. We’ve just got to be ready for the next game. If we re-focus we’ll be OK.”
Durant was 13-of-24 from the field but missed his final three field goal attempts. He missed a 17-footer with just under three minutes left and missed what would been a pivotal pad-the-lead, 10-footer with 1:32 left.