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Kevin Durant scored 35 points to lead the Thunder to a 97-85 victory over the Bulls in Chicago. He has now gone 32 straight games with at least 25 points eclipsed only by Michael Jordan who did it 40 consecutive times. Durant was joined by his running mate Russell Westbrook who just missed a triple double scoring 17 points with 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Westbrook sat out the night before resting his knee. This was a controversial decision to Thunder fans as the Thunder suffered their worse loss of the season. The fact that OKC is embroiled in a tight battle for the top seed with the Spurs and Clippers didn’t help matters.
Coach Brooks stated that Westbrook will rest in one game in back to backs. The Thunder still have five more to go. That means that Westbrook will miss five games. With nine out of the final fifteen games on the road I don’t think they are in position to rest Westbrook. My feeling is they need to secure home court advantage. The fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena are some of the loudest in the league. With the Spurs and Clippers so hot right now it is conceivable that OKC could drop to the third seed. With all the time that Russell missed, this is the time to get him sharp and in sync with his teammates.
I understand that Brooks wants to keep him healthy and fresh for the playoffs but as long as Russell is ready let him play. Durant has been a one man wrecking crew but he needs support too. With Russell at his side they are a dynamic duo who have proven to be nearly unstoppable when they are at the top of their games.
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