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Durant trying to find his shot


Durant trying to find his shot
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 28 points. Break it down, though, and Durant experienced a second-half slump in a 103-96 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night at the Ford Center.

Compared to Bulls rookie point guard Derrick Rose, who didn't miss in the second half, Durant was 1-of-9 after halftime.

"I was in a good rhythm the first half but couldn't hit a shot the second half," Durant said. "I have to hit those shots when I get them. I had good position to make shots, wide open shots. I just didn't hit them. I've got to come back and work hard (Thursday)."

Durant has averaged 25.0 points in three games since returning from a sprained ankle that sidelined him for seven games. But his shooting has dropped off slightly. In the three games, Durant has shot 43.1 percent from the field after shooting 48.5 percent before the injury.

"Kevin is not going to make excuses," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "But the rhythm is not where it needs to be. Kevin is a rhythm shooter. That's going to come back. He still has to keep working and do other things to help us win. Tonight our defense wasn't there."

Last year's NBA Rookie of the Year drained 8-of-12 field goals the first half to help Oklahoma City build a 56-51 lead. After halftime, seven of his nine points came at the free-throw line.

The loss ended the Thunder's four-game home winning streak that included wins over San Antonio and Dallas.

"There's always mistakes in a game. No team is perfect," Durant said.

"We have to make up for that by playing hard. We did it in spurts. In this league you can't do that. I tell people the easiest thing to do is play hard. We have to do that the whole game. It starts with me."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 21, 2009

 

 
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