With 32 points against Minnesota on Sunday, Kevin Durant extended his streak of at least 25 points to 28 consecutive games. Durant passed Allen Iverson and moved into second place behind Michael Jordan on the list of players who’ve accomplished such a streak since 1986-87. "I’m just being myself, being aggressive,” Durant said. "It’s cool, but I’m glad we got nine (wins) in a row. That’s a first for me in my career. I’d rather have that than the streak.” Durant netted his 25th point on a 3-pointer with 2:17 left to play when he baited Damien Wilkins into fouling him on his sweep through move on the right wing. Durant made the 3-pointer and sank the free throw to give him 26 points.
SEFOLOSHA’S EYE NOT EXPECTED TO BE A PROBLEMThabo Sefolosha played in Sunday’s game at Minnesota without wearing the set of protective goggles he needed in the second half Saturday at New York after being poked in the eye by Eddie House late in the first quarter. Sefolosha said he sustained a minor cut in his eye when House’s fingernail brushed him as he attacked the basket. Sefolosha said the injury affected his vision against the Knicks, but he’s no longer having trouble with his sight. "It’s better,” Sefolosha said. "My vision is better so it’s good. Asked whether he liked the goggles look, Sefolosha said, "Not really.”
GETTING BETTER IN BACK-TO-BACKSOne small measure of improvement in the Thunder this season has been the team’s play in back-to-back games. After starting the season 1-4 on the second night of back-to-backs, the Thunder moved to 6-5 following its 109-107 win against the Wolves. It’s a stat that disproves a common theory that says young teams should have ample energy and shows that the Thunder has needed time to mature mentally in back-to-backs like many other aspects of the game. "I don’t believe in young legs,” said Russell Westbrook, who recorded his first triple-double this season with 22 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. "People get tired regardless of how young they are. We play hard, but we don’t just have super energy all the time.”
IBAKA WANTS IN 2011 SLAM DUNK CONTESTRookie forward Serge Ibaka has started a mini-campaign to be selected into the 2011 slam dunk contest. After watching the event live in Dallas over the All-Star break, Ibaka said he would like to participate in next year’s competition. "I hope so,” Ibaka said. "I feel like I can compete with them.” After listening to Ibaka from across the locker room, Westbrook began having some fun with the rookie. "I told you, you got to get some dunks in the game first,” Westbrook joked. "Maybe if you give me the ball first,” Ibaka quipped. Ibaka won a dunk contest in Spain two years ago and boasts of being able to dunk from the free throw line.
BRIEFLYThe Thunder is expected to waive Matt Harpring today and enter into a 10-day contract with Antonio Anderson, a 6-foot-6 guard out of Memphis who is currently playing with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League. Anderson was averaging 15.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 39.6 minutes per game. He’s appeared in 32 games for the Vipers this season.