“I always take pride in setting good picks to get Kevin open,” Perk said. “He was just hitting me with the pass. I had it in my mind, set a good pick, and I'll get the ball. It's a good thing to know you will get the ball.”
It wasn't just Durant passing to Perkins, though five of his eight baskets came off Durant feeds. But Westbrook fed Durant, Collison and Perkins for dunks. Perkins fed Ibaka. Ibaka fed Perkins.
Think of those odds. Entering the game, Perkins had 16 dunks and Ibaka 20 assists all season.
“Our bigs were really good,” Brooks said. “Our big-to-big passing was probably the best so far this season.”
Count Durant among the big boys. When he plays like this, the Thunder is hard to beat. On a night when Durant was the game's high scorer (28 points), missed by one being the game's top rebounder (he had nine) and played solid defense on LeBron, Durant's most impressive trait was his passing.
“It was one of his best all-around games,” Brooks said. “One thing I tell Kevin, he has to become more of a playmaker. The good teams are not going to allow him to load up and get scores.”
Durant is listening. He's up to 3.6 assists per game, and this was his third straight game with at least five assists, all Thunder victories.
He had five assists to Perkins alone Sunday night. That's a recipe for beating not just the Heat, but any team in the NBA.
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