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Thunder notebook: OKC back on top at free-throw line

Thunder reclaims free-throw shooting percentage lead Saturday night vs. New York
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: January 15, 2012

Entering Saturday's games, for the first time in two seasons, the Thunder did not lead the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage.

OKC was at 80.1 percent while Portland was at 80.4 percent. After shooting 85.3 percent from the line against New York on Saturday, which included three straight misses in the fourth quarter, the Thunder reclaimed the top spot at 80.6 percent on the season. The Trail Blazers dipped to sixth at 79.4 percent after shooting just 71.0 percent in an overtime loss at Houston.

OKC leads the NBA with 22.3 made free throws per game and is third at 27.7 attempts.

Thunder rankings from the line (with at least 10 attempts): James Harden (.897); Thabo Sefolosha (.824); Kevin Durant (.813); Russell Westbrook (.788); Kendrick Perkins (.778); Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison (.667).

Reggie Jackson (7 for 7), Eric Maynor (4 for 4) and Lazar Hayward (2 for 2) have yet to miss. Daequan Cook is averaging 16.0 minutes a game and has yet to shoot a free throw this season.


Durant has scored in double-digits in 188 straight games, the second-longest active streak to LeBron James' 356 straight.

In addition, Durant appears to have rediscovered his touch at the free-throw line. After starting the season 38 for 51 (.745), Durant has made 34 of his last 36 to reach 81.3 percent. He is shooting 87.9 percent for his career.

With his 10-for-13 effort from the field against the Knicks, Durant is back over the 50-percent mark in field-goal percentage at 50.6 percent. He also is averaging a career-high 3.4 assists.

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