Said Thunder coach Scott Brooks
: "He did some shooting (Wednesday). He will increase that (Thursday), then every day (increase his rehab more). We’re hopeful.”
DURANT 6th ON Free-throw CHART
Durant was 5-of-5 at the line vs. Memphis to finish with 756 free throws, the most in 23 years, the sixth most in NBA history behind Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Adrian Dantley
and Michael Jordan
. They are the only players to make 800 or more free throws in a season. Durant also improved his free-throw percentage to 90.0 percent.
When the Grizzlies sliced a 27-point deficit to 97-91, Serge Ibaka
(15 points, nine rebounds, five blocks) hit two free throws and blocked a shot to lead a fast-break that pushed the lead back to 10. Eric Maynor
also had a big game (15 points, 10 assists) off the bench, playing key fourth-quarter minutes.
"Those two guys really stabilized the game,” Brooks said. "They did a great job of coming in and giving us an added lift. Eric was really good... and Serge continues to get better protecting the paint.”
MULLENS, SHAKUR RECALLED
Rookie center Byron Mullens
and guard Mustafa Shakur
were recalled by the Thunder before Wednesday’s game. Mullens and Shakur, signed last month out of the D-League, will both return to the Tulsa 66ers in time for the second round of the playoffs. Both will return to the 66ers this weekend when Tulsa opens a best-of-3 semifinal series Friday night against the Iowa Energy.