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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant tabbed as All-Star starter

Starting assignment is third straight for Oklahoma City star. He'll join Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin as starters for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: January 17, 2013

“Kevin has played well for them, but I don't think he's played as well as he could play and probably will play,” Karl said. “Kevin can have those huge nights and I haven't seen many of those nights. He and (Serge) Ibaka right now personality wise are kind of searching for those shots. We're definitely talking about Martin a lot in our preparation. We don't want him to have a game where he gets four or five 3s, gets loose in transition and gets to the free-throw line a lot.”


In the second half of Monday night's 102-90 victory at Phoenix, Durant and Westbrook combined to score 47 of the Thunder's 51 second-half points.

In the first quarter of Wednesday night's victory over Denver, Westbrook and Durant scored 24 of OKC's initial 26 points of the game, bringing the duo's combined total to 71 of 77 points over a span of 34 minutes, 47 seconds.


In Thursday's paper it was erroneously reported Steve Nash (four times), Larry Bird (twice), Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki and Enid's Mark Price were the only players to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line in the same season.

Toronto point guard Jose Calderon achieved a 50-40-90 in 2007-08 and barely missed repeating the following season when he shot 49.7 percent from the field.


The Thunder leads the NBA in points (105.4), free-throw percentage (. 836), 3-point percentage (. 392) and point differential (9.4) and is third in field-goal percentage (. 479). … OKC is 14-0 when five players score in double-digits and 14-0 when it shoots 50 percent or better. … The Thunder has shot less than 80 percent from the free-throw line the last four games, but still went unbeaten. … OKC has won more games on Friday than any other day (8-1). … The Thunder is 19-3 against Western Conference teams. … OKC is 8-7 against Dallas all-time. … The Thunder is 12-5 (. 706) away from home, tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the NBA's best road record.


Durant on defending Westbrook when his midrange jumper is falling: “What can you do? He's shooting the jump shot and if you pressure him he can go to the rim. So it's like a nightmare when he's making that jump shot.”