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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant looks up to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

Durant said that his admiration for James and Wade is what further drives him against the Heat.
By Darnell Mayberry Published: February 13, 2013
/articleid/3755097/1/pictures/1953269">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant looks for position against Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 98-93. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT ORG XMIT: FLMEH405
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant looks for position against Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, left, and LeBron James during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Miami. The Heat won 98-93. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT ORG XMIT: FLMEH405

“I just told him, ‘Don't be playing dirty out here,'” Carroll told reporters after the game. “If you're going to play dirty, play dirty in the park. We're not going to be playing dirty out here.”

When asked about Carroll's statements after the game, Durant said he didn't do anything the Jazz wouldn't have done.

“It's part of the game,” Durant said. “I'm not a dirty player or anything like that. It's just a part of the game. I'm sure they would have did the same thing to me.”

REGGIE JACKSON ROLLING

Reserve guard Reggie Jackson appears to be finding his rhythm.

The second-year backup to Russell Westbrook has been rock steady over his past seven games, averaging 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 turnovers, 0.9 steals and 51.4 percent shooting from the field in 17.6 minutes.

In Tuesday's loss at Utah, Jackson seemed to play with as much confidence as he has all season, attacking the basket with regularity while also creating shots for teammates. He finished a career-high-tying 12 points for the second time in four games and added three rebounds and two assists.

“I think Reggie's been playing good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He's in a position that we need him to play good basketball, solid basketball, and he was good (Tuesday) night.”

By Darnell Mayberry


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