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Kevin Durant misses potential game-winner as Thunder falls to Houston Rockets

In his career, Thunder star Kevin Durant has hit one game-winner, which came during his rookie season against Atlanta.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm •  Published: November 28, 2010
But, really, the entire Thunder roster can look back on this one and question the effort.

Oklahoma City watched a short-handed Houston team outwork and outhustle it throughout the game’s first 24 minutes. Miraculously, the Thunder trailed only 50-42 halftime. But the lack of energy early was just one facet of the Thunder’s performance that was atypical. The Thunder, the league’s leading foul shooting team, clanked free throws (making just 15 of 23) and allowed the Rockets to dominate the rebounding game, winning it 44-36 but pulling down 16 offensive rebounds.

“The 16 offensive rebounds, that’s hard to overcome,” Brooks said. “And we don’t miss free throws. That’s one area that I always know we’re going to be good at. But tonight was not normal for us.”

It’s also not often you’ll see a player such as Rockets forward Shane Battier outplaying Durant. Battier scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter to thwart a Thunder run when it finally did muster some energy. Battier made seven of 11 shots for his point total, while Durant netted 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting.

Durant’s teammates, though, are sticking with him and will make sure his spirits remain high.

“KD is our go-to guy,” Green said. “We’re going to keep giving him the ball in those (late-game) situations. We know those shots are going to fall for him eventually. He has great looks and he can shoot over anybody. So we’re going to keep giving him the ball. We have a lot of faith in him.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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