Kevin Durant's second straight NBA scoring title is firmly within reach.
Durant (27.8) leads Miami's LeBron James (26.6) for the crown and both players have three games remaining.
If Durant maintains his current average, James will have to average 58.0 ppg the last three games to catch Durant.
“LeBron is pretty good,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, “but if he does that, he's got my vote for MVP.”
OKC could have picked easier places for its final two road games of the regular season.
On Sunday, the Thunder plays at Staples Center, where the franchise has lost eight straight against the Lakers.
On Monday, OKC plays at Power Balance Pavilion (formerly ARCO Arena) in what could be the next-to-last home game for the Sacramento Kings, who are on the verge of relocating to Anaheim, Calif., this offseason.
Brooks grew up just south of Sacramento.
“If the Kings do move, it's going to be tough on a lot of people,” Brooks said.
On the other hand, if the Thunder is able to beat the Lakers and Kings, it would play a huge factor in OKC potentially moving from the No. 4 seed to the No. 2.
OKC would claim the No. 2 seed if it wins out, the Lakers lose out and Dallas loses once.
The Thunder's final game is at home against Milwaukee on Wednesday, while the Lakers close out the season that same night at — you guessed it — Sacramento.
The Thunder has signed guard Robert Vaden from the Tulsa 66ers and assigned him back to Tulsa.
Originally acquired by the Thunder from Charlotte during the 2009 NBA Draft, Vaden has played the entire 2010-11 season with the 66ers, averaging 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and shooting 39.2 percent (74 for 189) from 3-point range.
A 6-foot-5 product of Alabama-Birmingham, Vaden averaged 17.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists his senior season in college and spent the 2009-10 season with Imola in the Italian second division.
Sunday's game at the Lakers will begin the Thunder's 17th and final back-to-back of the season. OKC has swept six back-to-backs, is 12-4 on the first night and 9-7 on the second night. Last year, the Thunder was 17-19 overall in 18 back-to-backs. … OKC is 30-11 with Serge Ibaka in the starting lineup and 17-4 when starting either Kendrick Perkins or Nazr Mohammed.