The chemistry between the two is starting to resemble that of the Westbrook-Ibaka two-man game. And at the very least, it's serving as a suitable temporary replacement until Westbrook returns.
“It's always been there, I think, with us,” Durant said. “Me and Serge, I know his game. He knows mine. I think it's just a matter of us making shots. Once you start making shots, then of course people start to recognize. But I think we've had that chemistry for two or three years now. It's just a matter of us being consistent.
“Of course with Russell there, our two-man game possessions when we play together go down a little bit. But now when he's out, I'm being more of a facilitator for everybody. And me and Serge (are) doing it the most.”
The strategy has kept Ibaka productive as the necessary second scoring option without Westbrook, a player Ibaka has been largely dependent on for generating offense.
Already, Durant has assisted Ibaka on 73 field goals this season. Last season, Durant tallied just 80 assists to Ibaka.
“I like the fact that we can have two-man games with multiple players in it,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “And then obviously with Kevin, he demands a lot of attention. So if you run it with a lot of force, he has to have an extra man guarding, otherwise a (dribble-handoff) or a screen allows him to get by his man.”