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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant struggles early, still finishes with 16th double-double of the season

Kevin Durant was noticeably sluggish and listless. He couldn't hang onto the basketball, much less shoot it.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 13, 2013

Durant indeed rediscovered his scoring prowess after halftime. After starting the game 1 for 6, Durant hit six straight shots. In the third quarter alone, he had 15 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot.

Durant credits teammate Russell Westbrook for bringing him back from the abyss.

“He was just his normal self, getting to the lane, wrecking havoc, passing, rebounding. He played well,” Durant said of Westbrook, who had 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. “I was struggling early on really bad and I was down on myself. My teammates came to my rescue, I guess, but he (Westbrook) was the main guy. I really appreciate him doing that for me because he could have easily let me fall to the wayside, but he kept me involved, kept my spirits up and that's a good thing for your point guard to do. So, he was great to me.”

Durant left the game for good with 2:30 left in the third quarter and OKC leading 76-47.

“Just a slow start, turned the ball over too many times,” Durant said. “I don't care who you are, what type player you are, if you have confidence issues and you turn the ball over so many times, miss so many shots, you get down on yourself. I want to do so well all the time, sometimes I can't do that well. I get down on myself and I'm still learning how to get out of that, but Russell was the guy who was always encouraging me, always trying to find me, get me open shots, get me easy shots and that got me going in the third.”

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