Kevin Durant scores 32 in Oklahoma City Thunder's win in Miami
By Mike Baldwin •
Modified: November 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm •
Published: November 18, 2009
/articleid/3418400/1/pictures/765592"> The Thunder’s Kevin Durant drives around the Heat’s Quentin Richardson on Tuesday in Miami. AP photo
"His job is not easy, chasing big-time scorers around screens. He’s so important to our team. He’s the best player I’ve ever played with guarding the (star) players.”
Sefolosha scored only two points but had a major impact on the game with four steals, four assists, nine rebounds and a solid defensive job on Wade.
"We’ve been playing great team defense, and Thabo is an unbelievable defender, one of the top five in the league,” Durant said. "He’s been the anchor.”
A Durant-led 20-1 run helped the Thunder build a 14-point lead early in the second quarter. Miami drew to within 45-44 in the opening stages of the third quarter, but OKC went on a 14-2 spurt to rebuild the lead to 65-50. The Thunder essentially led by double digits most of the second half.
It was yet another big road win for a team that posted only eight road wins all last season.
Oklahoma City is 4-2 on the road, highlighted by road wins at San Antonio, Miami and Detroit.
"Obviously it’s big for us to be able to get these wins on the road,” Collison said. "The biggest benefit is we now go into every game thinking we can win. If we play well, we feel we have a chance no matter who we play or where we play.”
The Thunder has had so much success on the road — compared to a 2-3 home record — maybe they should play all 82 games on the road this season.
"I don’t think so,” Sefolosha said, laughing. "We’ve had some tough games at home but we’re going to turn that around.”