Thunder notebook: Nick Collison sits; Cole Aldrich called up

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: April 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm •  Published: April 13, 2011

Power forward Nick Collison was inactive for Wednesday night's 110-106 overtime loss against the Milwaukee Bucks inside Oklahoma City Arena.

Coach Scott Brooks said he wanted to give Collison one last chance to rest various injuries before the playoffs. Collison had surgery on his right knee during the summer and missed the first eight games of the season after injuring his left knee before training camp in September.

"I was feeling decent, so I think it was more preventative than anything," Collison said afterward. "I feel pretty good about it."

Rookie center Cole Aldrich has been recalled for the final time from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League. Aldrich helped Tulsa to a 17-4 record while averaging 10.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.3 assists and 29.3 minutes in 21 games (all starts). This is the third recall for Aldrich, which is the league maximum.

TITLE-HOLDER, AGAIN

Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant wrapped up his second straight scoring title despite scoring a season-low 14 points in a season-low 23 minutes.

Durant essentially clinched the crown before the game started because Miami's LeBron James, his closest pursuer, sat out of the Heat's season finale at Toronto.

James would have had to outscore Durant by 92 points to win the scoring title.

Asked what other statistical category he would like to lead the league in someday, Durant mentioned 3-point field goals and free-throw percentages. "I want to set a big goal and try to lead the league in rebounds," Durant said with a smile. "I'm not so sure about that one."

Serge Ibaka had three blocked shots against the Bucks and finished with a league-high 198 on the season.

RECORD SALES

The league announced the Thunder ranks No. 6 and Durant's No. 35 jersey ranks No. 7 in merchandise sales this season.

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