In the past 10 games, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has averaged 30.2 points on 55.9 percent shooting. Saturday night's 40-point effort in a nine-point win over Memphis marked the second time in two weeks that Durant topped the 40-point plateau.
Durant's other 40-point game this season came on Christmas Night, when he scored 44 against Denver. Saturday was the 14th time in Durant's career that he's scored at least 40 points.
“I've been working hard, just trying to get my rhythm,” Durant said. “Start off the game well. Just playing hard on both ends. I think if I play defense my offense will come around.”
Durant's defense has stood out at times as well over the past week. In the last three games, Thunder coach Scott Brooks utilized Durant at shooting guard. And at Dallas on Thursday, Durant helped to limit Mavs guard Jason Terry's effectiveness late. Durant also played Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay tough Saturday night.
“I want to be challenged every night,” Durant said. “I want to get better every night.”
ROAD CHALLENGE UPCOMING
Five of the Thunder's next seven games will come on the road, starting with Wednesday night's visit to Houston.