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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant wraps up a stellar month

by Anthony Slater Modified: December 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm •  Published: December 31, 2013

With three seconds left in Tuesday night's game, Kevin Durant had a wide-open, point-blank 10-footer to tie it.

The Thunder couldn't have asked for a much cleaner look. But it surely hoped for a far better result.

Clang. Front rim. Blazers rebound. Thunder loses 98-94 to Portland.

It was a rough way for Durant to end December.

But from an individual standpoint, it was about the only thing to go wrong for the superstar during this brilliant month.

He started it off with a triple-double against Minnesota, putting together a loaded stat-line — 32 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, four steals, four blocks — that only Michael Jordan had compiled since blocks and steals were recorded.

Days later, in a blowout of the Pacers, he made a 36-point, 10-rebound statement against Paul George.

Then, a couple weeks after that, he torched the Rockets for another loaded box score (33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists) and another assertive win.

Even on Tuesday night, in the disappointing loss to close out the month, Durant kept the Thunder in it with his 37 points, 14 rebounds and steady dominance.

Durant's November was good. Good enough to be named the Western Conference's Player of the Month. But in December, he was far better.

Overall, in the 17 games, he averaged 29.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists on 54 percent shooting overall and 48 percent from 3-point range. He had 10 games of 30 or more points. He had seven games with double-digit rebounds. His team went 14-3.

Player of the Month worthy. Again.

Now, if he could just solve those Blazers…

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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