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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's triple-double leads OKC past Sixers

by Anthony Slater Published: January 25, 2014

But it wasn't just the defense. Ibaka was equally effective on the offensive end, providing the perfect outlet for Durant, who was seeing double-teams all night.

Ibaka went 12-of-16 from the field, but an even more impressive 7-of-8 on jumpers between 16-24 feet, continuing to prove he is one of the best midrange shooters in the game.

Of Ibaka's 12 made field goals, Durant assisted on six of them.

“He's doing such a good job keeping the defense honest by making shots,” Durant said. “Serge is playing at a high level right now, playing at an All-Star level night in and night out, and people don't recognize.”

But it was tough not to recognize the stat line he compiled on Saturday night. By game's end, Ibaka had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

It was the second 20-point, 10-rebound, five-block game in Thunder history (OKC era). Both came in the past two weeks. And both were by Ibaka, who had 21, 15 and five against the Rockets on Jan. 16.

“He's playing tremendous,” Durant said of Ibaka.

But Durant might as well have been talking about himself. Or the entire Thunder team, which now holds the NBA's longest win streak at seven and has moved into a tie with Indiana for the league's best record.

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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