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OKC Thunder: Durant takes blame for loss

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Published: January 10, 2009

/> His final miss served as only a fitting ending to a forgettable fourth.

"We’re looking forward to watching film with him and adjusting to situations in the fourth quarter,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Because he’s a fourth-quarter, big-game player. He’s going to make big shots and not turn the ball over in the fourth quarter as he gets better. It’s something that we’re going to work on. That’s why we love Kevin Durant. He wants to get better.”

An increasingly glaring weakness in Durant’s game is his ball security, as he often loses the ball on drives to the basket. During a two-one-one break midway through the second quarter, Houston forward Chuck Hayes easily ripped the ball out of Durant’s hands as he cradled the ball before attempting a layup.

"He’s going to get better as he gets stronger,” Brooks said. "That’s one of the things that we will talk about and have been talking about the last year and a half with Kevin. He has to get stronger with the ball.”

Durant’s giveaways led to 22 total turnovers for the Thunder, which the Rockets converted into 21 points.

"Turnovers snuck up on us again tonight,” Brooks said. "We have to work to overcome that. We still have to learn to close things out in the fourth quarter.”