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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant held to 12 points

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer Modified: November 19, 2009 at 10:31 am •  Published: November 19, 2009
Kevin Durant finished with a season-low 12 points, which ended a recent surge that had media asking if he could win the NBA scoring title this season.

"I doubt it. There are too many good scorers in the league,” Durant said. "That’s not what I’m focused on is getting a scoring title.

"You have guys like LeBron (James) and D-Wade, Kevin Martin, Carmelo (Anthony) and Kobe Bryant. I’m nowhere near that company. I’m just trying to do what I need to do for Oklahoma City.”

Upset his team was getting dominated from the opening tip, Thunder coach Scott Brooks ran onto the court to protest an apparent non-call on Durant with 7:08 left in third quarter. It’s only the second technical Brooks has received in 80 games since last November, when he replaced P.J. Carlesimo as coach.

"I don’t like our players to make excuses about the referees, which is why I don’t get (technicals),” Brooks said. "We have to fight through the calls. Referees do a great job. Orlando did a good job playing physical basketball. We didn’t match it. I was frustrated. I thought our players needed a jolt. It didn’t work.”

The game, which was all but decided after three quarters, had both coaches playing reserves the entire fourth quarter. But with James Harden scoring a career-high 24 points; D.J.

Durant on scoring title


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