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For one night, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook prove George Karl's theory is wrong

by Berry Tramel Published: February 19, 2012

But Westbrook and Durant wouldn't let it happen.

This was a night when the rest of the Boomers, sans Ibaka, played poorly. James Harden, Kendrick Perkins, Daequan Cook, Nick Collison, none of them. They all stunk, offense and defense.

Didn't matter. Not with Durant and Westbrook playing like this.

Durant on Westbrook: “Russell carried us the whole time. We've been growing ever since he got here. We know he can score. He had it going.”

Westbrook on Durant: “He's a natural-born scorer. When the game's on the line, you gotta find him. The guy makes shots.”

Now, the Thunder can't rely on games like this every night from its two superstars, although don't sell them short. Don't look now, but Westbrook, often chided for being an out-of-control point guard, has shot at least 50 percent from the field seven of the last eight games. And Durant, despite a regular dose of long-range launches and driving trick shots, is shooting 51.6 percent from the field this season.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets press on, with a scrappy team trying to swim upstream. I'm pulling for Karl to be successful. It would be good for the NBA if Denver can show that you don't need superstars to win big.

But for now, it's good for Oklahoma City that the opposite seems to be true and most definitely was Sunday night.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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