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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-12

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-12

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-12
Kevin Durant continues to prove why he's the Thunder's franchise player. Though only in his second season and a mere 20 years old, Durant willingly shouldered the blame for the two-point loss to Houston.

He missed a potential game-tying jumper in the final 10 seconds, but that wasn't the reason Durant took the defeat so hard. He was stripped of the ball several times in the fourth quarter -- a sign that's he's probably not as strong as he needs to be.

"I blame that game on me," Durant said. "It's a learning experience. You hate to go through that at this time, especially when we're trying to get a win. But that's part of everybody's growth."

Durant did score 27 to go along with six rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes. He also had a game-high seven turnovers. Saturday, he scored another 28 points and also had 12 rebounds, and this time the Thunder defeated Chicago in overtime.

Durant's maturity isn't in question. Despite his age and experience, he takes responsibility for the fortunes of the Thunder. That doesn't mean there isn't room to learn.

"We're looking forward to watching film with him and adjusting to situations in the fourth quarter," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.

THUNDER 109, BULLS 98 (OT): Kevin Durant scored 28 and had 12 rebounds as Oklahoma City pulled away in overtime to win just its second road game of the season Saturday night at Chicago.

The nip-and-tuck affair featured 12 lead changes and 10 ties. The Thunder took the lead for good with a 7-0 run after the game was tied 96-all early in the OT session. OKC, down seven in the fourth quarter, improved to 6-32 overall and 2-16 away from home.

Nick Collison complemented Durant with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder. Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook each scored 14, and Joe Smith had 10 off the bench.

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