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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant falls from top spot in scoring race

Four straight sizable wins have denied Durant opportunities to dump in more points and remain on pace to lead the NBA in scoring for the fourth straight season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 11, 2013

Westbrook recently garnered national attention for the wrong reasons during a Jan. 31 game against Memphis, when an on-court miscommunication with teammate Thabo Sefolosha led to Westbrook being taken out of the game and storming into the tunnel to blow off steam. The outburst overshadowed how well Westbrook played in that game, as well as last week.

This is the first time this season that Westbrook has earned Player of the Week honors. He received the award twice last year.

Miami forward LeBron James won Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

Westbrook is averaging 22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists this season. James, Chris Paul and Gary Payton are the only other players since 1992 to average at least 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds.


The Thunder did not practice Monday in Utah, and there was no real update on the status of shooting guard Kevin Martin, who missed Sunday's game at Phoenix with flu-like symptoms.

Martin accompanied the team on this two-game road trip but was not present in the arena during the Suns game. He instead remained at the team hotel.

The team is listing Martin as day-to-day.


According to The Elias Sports Bureau, the Thunder became just the fourth team in NBA history to beat the same team in consecutive games by 28 points or more.

Oklahoma City defeated Phoenix by 31 points inside Chesapeake Energy Arena last Friday night before turning around and beating the Suns by 28 at their place.

It was the first time a team has done that since the Seattle SuperSonics did it to Sacramento in 1990. Phoenix also did it to Golden State in 1971, and the St. Louis Hawks did it against the Baltimore Bullets in 1965.

By Darnell Mayberry

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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