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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant cleared to play against Toronto

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: March 19, 2011

"Absolutely," Brooks said. "He has a good first step. He scores around the basket. He makes 3s. He's a very good player. We treat him as one of the best shooting forwards in the league. He has one of the best shot fakes in the game and he always seems to get guys on it."

Bargnani (21.9 ppg; 5.5 rpg) had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the previous meeting against OKC.

WEST VS. EAST

The Toronto contest will end the Thunder's seven-game stretch against nothing but Eastern Conference foes.

OKC is 22-6 against the East this season, which is the best record among all Western Conference teams. San Antonio is 21-6. Two years ago, the Thunder was 8-22 against the East.

The Thunder swept eight Eastern opponents this season (Charlotte, Washington, Detroit, Philadelphia, Indiana, New Jersey, Atlanta and Cleveland).

BRIEFLY

OKC is riding a season-best six-game winning streak and has won its last five games by a combined 85 points. … The Thunder has won each of the last five games by double-digits, which last happened 13 years ago. … The Thunder has held its last four opponents under 90 points and is 12-0 this season when doing so. … Since center Kendrick Perkins joined the starting lineup three games ago, opponents are averaging of 82.8 points and shooting 39.0 percent.


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