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Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant on fire

Oklahoman Modified: April 1, 2009 at 6:52 am •  Published: April 1, 2009
Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 31 points. The former Longhorn, 12-of-17 from the field before missing his final two shots, suffered a bruised hip in the first half but still logged 44 minutes.

"I really don’t know which play it was,” Durant said. "I remember running downcourt and it was bothering me a little. I couldn’t run like normal. I just wanted to stick it out and fight through it. After I get some treatment (Wednesday) hopefully I’ll be all right.”

Westbrook’s double-double
Coach Scott Brooks and teammates felt Russell Westbrook turned in one of his better games of the season (16 points, 10 assists, two turnovers).

"With a guy like him, when he’s able to find guys it makes it a lot easier for us,” said Jeff Green. "He got everybody open shots. You don’t have to panic and try to force up a shot. He played well tonight, also (defensively) on Tony Parker.”

Thunder signs Livingston
The Thunder signed point guard Shaun Livingston, the No. 4 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, to a multi-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Livingston, 23, was drafted by the Clippers out of high school. He averaged 7.3 points and 4.7 assists in 149 career games.

A former McDonald’s All-American who once drew comparisons to Magic Johnson because of his size, ball-handling and passing skills, the 6-foot-7 Livingston has played in only four NBA games since he tore all major ligaments in his left knee and dislocated his kneecap two years ago.

After averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 assists in 11 games with the Tulsa 66ers, OKC’s D-League affiliate, Brooks and his staff like what they’ve seen on film. The staff will evaluate Livingston in practice Thursday before determining when he might make his Thunder debut.

"It’s almost like coming into the league (again) as a rookie,” Livingston said.

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