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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant becoming double trouble

Kevin Durant registered his fifth straight double-double Saturday at San Antonio, tying his longest streak of games with double digits in two categories.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: February 5, 2012
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“They gave us some hope,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “That's what teams are about. Everybody has to chip in when they get the opportunity. Give them a lot of credit. They didn't put their head down. They went in there and plugged away and made the game somewhat competitive going into the fourth quarter.”

Jackson was particularly impressive during the run. The rookie point guard scored five points on a 3-pointer and a floater, showing solid poise in the face of adversity on the road.

DEFENDING THE 3-BALL

After the Thunder allowed San Antonio to make 12-of-23 3-pointers Saturday, Brooks said his team “had no answer” for Spurs point guard Tony Parker (game-high 42 points) or the Spurs' 3-point shooters.

“We normally are a pretty good defensive 3 team,” Brooks said. “But they had us in the pick-and-roll, and we were helping out and they were getting it out (to their shooters) and hitting their 3s.”

Even after allowing the Spurs to shoot 53.2 percent from downtown, the Thunder still ranks fifth in the league in 3-point defensive percentage, allowing just 31.8 percent a night.

Oklahoma City, however, has allowed at least 12 3-pointers in three of its past five games. The Los Angeles Clippers last Monday made 13, the most an opponent has hit against the Thunder this season.

UP NEXT

The Thunder's five-game road trip continues Monday night at Portland. It will be the first time this season the Thunder has played the Blazers inside the Rose Garden. Portland, which defeated the Thunder 103-93 in Oklahoma City Jan. 3, is 11-1 at home. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. Oklahoma time.