Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant's scoring streak passes Allen Iverson

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: February 22, 2010 at 8:49 am •  Published: February 22, 2010
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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 PROBLEM

Thabo 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-BACKS

One 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.”

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