Kevin Durant grabbed 12 rebounds against Indiana, posting his eighth double-double, tying Russell Westbrook for the team lead. Durant leads the Thunder in rebounding (7.0 average per game). Last season, he averaged 6.5 rebounds. "We knew they were a team that liked to get up and down,” Durant said of the Pacers. "They shoot a lot of 3’s and have a lot of long rebounds. I just wanted to get in there and help the bigs.”
SCOUTING THE KNICKSMired in a 3-13 slump to start the season, New York has gone 12-7 the past five weeks to climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff race. Six Knicks average double figures. David Lee is among the NBA leaders in double-doubles (17). Nate Robinson has averaged 19.3 points the past four games after being benched for a month (14 games). "They can score so many different ways,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "They can shoot 3’s. They can drive and get points off their drive-and-kick game. David Lee is as good a rebounder as there is in the league. "Now that Robinson is back in the mix, they have scoring off the bench. Coach (Mike) D’Antoni is a tremendous offensive coach. We’ll have to play a real good defensive game.”
OLLIE TO RETURN?Kevin Ollie, sidelined six weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery, might return tonight. He was sore after practice Friday, though. "I’m real close,” Ollie said. "I thought I’d be available against Indiana.” With Eric Maynor now the backup point guard, Brooks said Ollie "is all about winning. We have three point guards that can help us.”
MILITARY NIGHTBefore tonight’s game, fans can sign a military community covenant designed to visibly demonstrate support at Section 108. A canon and Stryker tank will be displayed on Reno Avenue outside the Ford Center. Discounted tickets are being offered to military personnel in all seating locations. Fans can donate their season tickets by calling (405) 208-HOOP. Members of the military will receive a 20 percent discount Monday at the ThunderShop.
FAST BREAK. . .Brooks put the team through a brief one-hour practice Sunday afternoon, concentrating on layups, offensive sets, defensive pick-and-roll coverages and lifting weights. ... A four-game homestand ends Wednesday night against San Antonio.