Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant scores 41 as OKC beats Knicks

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant outscored New York's Carmelo Anthony 41-15, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the New York Knicks 112-100 on Sunday.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 9, 2014

“He wanted Serge to shoot that,” Brooks said of Durant. “It was the right shot. Serge should have shot that ball immediately on the catch.”

Three minutes before, Ibaka uncharacteristically missed a dunk that also would have served as Durant’s 10th assist.

“Next time, I’m going to make sure I make that for him,” Ibaka said.

But it’s not like missing out on one final dish at all diminished Durant’s all-around dominance.

During a stretch from the 3:49 mark of the third quarter until 5 1/2 minutes remaining the final frame, Durant scored or assisted on 21 of the Thunder’s 23 points. His efforts kept the Knicks at bay and put the Thunder ahead, 99-89, midway through the fourth.

“That’s something I know he can do,” said Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony of Durant’s seventh 40-point performance this season. “He can do that on a consistent basis every night. He makes it look easy. When he gets it going like that, it’s hard to stop him.”

As impressive as anything else Sunday was Durant’s defense.

Matched up for much of the game against Anthony, the league’s second leading scorer at 27.4 points per game, Durant held the Knicks star to a season-low 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting.

“I’m not saying that he locked Carmelo down. But he made his shots difficult,” Brooks said. “He didn’t get a lot of clean looks.”

Said Durant: “If you want to play on this team, you have to play on the defensive end … In order for us to be a good team, I have to be a two-way player and I realized that these last few years.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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