Sixth man Kevin Martin (quad) practiced Sunday and will play in the Thunder’s 4:30 p.m. game (ABC) on Christmas Day at Miami.
“He looked good,” coach Scott Brooks said after his team’s 90-minute practice. “He’s fine. He’ll play.”
Martin suffered the injury last Wednesday in a victory at Atlanta and did not play the following night in a 99-93 loss at Minnesota, where OKC’s bench was outscored 22-7.
Martin is averaging 15.7 points and shooting 93.5 percent (second in the NBA) from the free-throw line and 45.8 percent (seventh) from 3-point range.
JACKSON SCORES 37
Thunder players continue to excel while on assignment with the Tulsa 66ers of the Developmental League.
Guard Reggie Jackson had 37 points, nine rebounds and five assists Saturday night to help the 66ers overcome a 14-point deficit to post a 99-91 victory over the Canton Charge at SpiritBank Event Center. Jackson shot 14-for-15 from 2-point range, 0-for-4 from 3-point range and 9-for-9 from the free-throw line.
It was the most points scored by a D-League player this season. Thunder teammate DeAndre Liggins had nine points and five rebounds while Perry Jones III had eight points, four boards, two assists and two blocked shots.
All three players were called back up to OKC on Sunday.
Thunder players made several charitable visits during the holiday season:
• The entire team made its annual Target shopping spree two weeks ago.
• All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had a shoe giveaway for his WHY NOT? Foundation with the Citizens Caring for Children organization.
• The day after a loss at Minnesota, three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant had a shoe giveaway at the Positive Tomorrows school in Oklahoma City.
• After Saturday’s practice, the entire team visited OU Children’s Hospital.
• On Sunday afternoon, Serge Ibaka and the Thunder Girls held a Christmas party at Novo Ministries After-School Program.
Durant currently owns career-high averages in eight statistical categories — field-goal percentage (.521), 3-point percentage (.427), free-throw percentage (.904), rebounds (8.4), assists (4.2), steals (1.5), blocks (1.3) and minutes (39.5) -- an impressive feat given what the 24-year-old had achieved his first five seasons in the league.
“I’m not aware that those things are at an all-time high, but I’m aware that he’s playing well,” Brooks said of Durant. “He’s playing so efficient on offense and on defense he’s rebounding much better. Like a lot of great players in this league, you can throw any of them out there and they can all be MVPs. Kevin is definitely going to fit into that category for the next decade or so.”
BY JOHN ROHDE