Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant becoming double trouble

Kevin Durant registered his fifth straight double-double Saturday at San Antonio, tying his longest streak of games with double digits in two categories.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: February 5, 2012
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Kevin Durant registered his fifth straight double-double Saturday at San Antonio, tying his longest streak of games with double digits in two categories.

Durant is averaging 30.8 points and 12.2 rebounds over the past five games. Perhaps just as impressive, Durant has shot 51.4 percent over that same span.

With 10 double-doubles this season, Durant ranks 14th in the NBA and is on pace to set a personal best for double-doubles in a season, even in a lockout-shortened 66-game season. His career high for double-doubles in a season is 25 in 2009-10. As a rookie, Durant recorded only one, getting it in his final regular season game. In 2008-09, Durant had 15 double-doubles, and last season he finished with 14.

Oddly enough, Durant's five-game streak of double-doubles last season came at nearly the exact same stretch of the season. He averaged 30.4 points and 10.6 rebounds from Jan. 30 through Feb. 8.

“That's something that coach wants me to do,” said Durant about rebounding after grabbing a season-high on Jan. 21 at New Jersey. “He said I can get 10 a game, so I'm just going to try to go out there and get 10 and play as hard as I can on both ends of the floor. I think if I help the bigs out it'll make it much easier for us to push the ball and get easy points on the other end.”

BENCH COMES UP BIG AGAINST SPURS

One of the few bright spots in the Thunder's 11-point loss against the Spurs was the bench play. Just when it looked like San Antonio would run away with a blowout win, the Thunder's reserves gave the team a chance to steal a victory after trailing by 24 late in the third quarter.

After the Spurs took an 88-64 lead with 1:01 remaining in the third period, Reggie Jackson, James Harden, Lazar Hayward, Daequan Cook and Nick Collison started the fourth quarter staring at an 18-point deficit. But they went on a 14-5 run to cut the margin to nine with 8:27 left to play.