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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant will not sacrifice team play for scoring title

If Kobe Bryant sits the remainder of the regular season, then Durant needs to average 30.7 points over the final six games to win another scoring championship.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 16, 2012
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Brooks said he would handle the situation exactly how he handled last year's finale at home against Milwaukee when OKC already had clinched the No. 4 playoff seed.

In that game, Durant played 23 minutes, 22 seconds. He left for good with 37.6 seconds left in the third quarter when OKC owned a 74-64 lead. No Thunder starters played in the fourth quarter, and the Bucks went on to win 110-106 in overtime.

“I'm not going to sit him (Durant), but he's not going to play the 37 or 38 minutes that he (usually) gets,” Brooks said of the scenario. “If he can get it done (score enough points to win the title) in 28 minutes, then good luck.”

Brooks smiled and said, “We'll go to him early … and often.”

Asked if he would do all he could to win a scoring title if it's what his teammates wanted, Durant said: “That's different then. It tends to sway you away from team concepts, and I think we've been playing good basketball all season on the offensive end, you know, so who cares?

“If it (winning a third straight scoring title) comes, it comes. If not, that won't mean I had a bad year if I didn't win the scoring title.”