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Thunder notebook: Kevin Martin practices, will play against the Heat

Sixth man Kevin Martin (quad) practiced Sunday and will play in the Thunder's 4:30 p.m. game (ABC) on Christmas Day at Miami.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: December 23, 2012
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/articleid/3740248/1/pictures/1914258">Photo - Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, top, and the entire team visited OU Children’s Hospital on Saturday. Photo provided by the Thunder
Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, top, and the entire team visited OU Children’s Hospital on Saturday. Photo provided by the Thunder

HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Thunder players made several charitable visits during the holiday season:

*The entire team made its annual Target shopping spree two weeks ago.

*All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had a shoe giveaway for his WHY NOT? Foundation with the Citizens Caring for Children organization.

*The day after a loss at Minnesota, three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant had a shoe giveaway at the Positive Tomorrows school in Oklahoma City.

*After Saturday's practice, the entire team visited OU Children's Hospital.

*On Sunday afternoon, Serge Ibaka and the Thunder Girls held a Christmas party at Novo Ministries After-School Program.

MVP RACE

Durant currently owns career-high averages in eight statistical categories — field-goal percentage (.521), 3-point percentage (.427), free-throw percentage (.904), rebounds (8.4), assists (4.2), steals (1.5), blocks (1.3) and minutes (39.5) -- an impressive feat given what the 24-year-old had achieved his first five seasons in the league.

“I'm not aware that those things are at an all-time high, but I'm aware that he's playing well,” Brooks said of Durant. “He's playing so efficient on offense and on defense he's rebounding much better. Like a lot of great players in this league, you can throw any of them out there and they can all be MVPs. Kevin is definitely going to fit into that category for the next decade or so.”


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