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Kevin Durant finding ways to get to line

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: January 12, 2010 at 12:37 am •  Published: January 12, 2010
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photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant looks to get the ball past New York's Chris Duhon during the Thunder's 106-88 win Monday. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant looks to get the ball past New York's Chris Duhon during the Thunder's 106-88 win Monday. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Th
ere’s been times he’s settled for the jump shot. But for the most part, he’s done a pretty good job.”

Fifteen times this season, Durant has attempted 10 or more free throws, including nine times the past month.

Against the Knicks he had 10 attempts... in the first quarter.

"Whenever you get to the line like that, you’re in a good groove and you have to attack the basket,” said Knicks guard Al Harrington. "Kevin has great balance. He’s able to both shoot the ball and drive.”

Knicks forward David Lee said: "He’s one of the best players in the league. He can score a variety of ways. He gets a high volume of shots and gets to the foul line. That’s where he killed us tonight.”

Fourth in the league in scoring, Durant has scored 30 or more points in nine of the Thunder’s last 11 games. Oklahoma City is 8-3 over that span.

"Kevin has a knack for drawing contact, he attacks the basket and he’s long,” Brooks said. "What I liked tonight is they did a good job early on of making him pass out of it by double-teaming. Kevin did a good job of finding guys for open shots. That’s also part of his game.”

Box score from Monday's game


Kevin Durant free throws
Season FT-FTA FT pct. Attempts per game
2007-08 391-448 87.3 5.6
2008-09 452-524 86.3 7.1
2009-10 300-346 86.7 9.3

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