Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant's streak comes to end; Team shorthanded without Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: February 25, 2010 at 4:39 am •  Published: February 25, 2010
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Durant’s streak comes to end
For the first time since a Dec. 19 loss at Houston, Kevin Durant failed to score 25 points. Durant had 21 points through three quarters but went scoreless in the fourth quarter, going 0-of-4 from the field.

"It was good while it lasted,” Durant said. "Teams in this league are too tough for my streak to continue to go on like it did. It was very cool while it lasted.”

It was the second longest streak the past 35 years, trailing only Michael Jordan, who scored 25 or more points in 40 consecutive games in 1986-87.

"Any player would remember something like this,” Durant said. "Now it’s time to regroup and get ready for our next game.”

Durant also fell behind LeBron James by percentage points in the NBA scoring race after taking the lead Tuesday night. Both are listed at 29.8, but Durant is averaging 29.77. James is averaging 29.83.

SHORTHANDED THUNDER
For a change, it was the Thunder, not its opponent, that played shorthanded. Point guard Tony Parker (hip flexor) returned after missing the Spurs’ previous game Sunday in Detroit. The Thunder played without both of their reserve big men — Serge Ibaka (back spasms) and Nick Collison (sprained knee).

Coach Scott Brooks essentially went with a seven-man rotation. Rookie center Byron Mullens played six minutes, all in the first half. Not only was it the back end of a back-to-back, it was the Thunder’s fourth game in five nights.

"No excuses. Our guys are able to play a lot of minutes,” Brooks said.