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Thunder notebook: Denver Nuggets call OKC out

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 12, 2011

“We got one more left,” said Kevin Durant. “We can't look past the Bucks. We want to win and end the season out right and try to get ready for these playoffs.”


One positive two-game trend from the Thunder's trip to Los Angeles and Sacramento is the play of Durant and Russell Westbrook. Both had big offensive games, something that, for one reason or another, hasn't been incredibly consistent this season.

In the 120-106 win against the Lakers on Sunday, though, Durant had 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting and Westbrook had 26 points on 8-for-20 shooting along with seven assists. And in Monday's 120-112 win against the Kings, Durant scored a game-high 32 points on 8-for-16 shooting while getting to the foul line 17 times. Westbrook had 30 points on 12 of 22 shooting to go with nine assists.

“That's what we're going to need to go far, I think,” Durant said. “But we got to this point because of our bench and guys helping each other out.

“But it is a plus for me and Russ to come out here and play well. That's what we want to do. That's what we play hard for. We're not going to have it going every game, and that's when guys have to step up.”


“He and Donte both have arguably the toughest challenge night in and night out in the NBA guarding Kevin Durant. They both worked hard. Held him to 32. A lot of people don't do that. That's facetious to some extent, but that guy, he's a scoring machine.” —Sacramento coach Paul Westphal on Kings forwards Francisco Garcia and Donte Greene defending Kevin Durant.

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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