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With their win tonight against the Chicago Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder are just one more win away from winning 50 games this season. The Thunder are still second best in the west though with the San Antonio Spurs holding onto the coveted top seed. Tonight Kevin Durant played another impressive game scoring 35 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. This was his 32nd consecutive game scoring 25 or more points, which is the second longest streak in NBA history. Michael Jordan holds the all time record in this category at 40 games, and he did it back in the 86-87 season. Durant needs to score 25 or more points during the next 8 games to tie the record and 9 games to break it. He is capable, obviously, but the schedule for the next 9 games isn’t easy with 4 of the 9 teams currently seeded for the playoffs. Durant also can’t do it alone. He will need the help of his teammates to take the defensive pressure off of him. When Durant’s teammates score it frees up space for him to work his magic. With 3 other players on the Thunder averaging double digit points and specifically, Russell Westbrook, averaging over 20 points a game Durant is getting the help he needs to break the record. Westbrook is very important to the Thunders success as a whole and to Durant’s scoring streak. He suffered a knee injury during last season’s first round playoff matchup against the Houston Rockets. The injury sidelined Westbrook for the first half of this regular season and the team has him resting his knee during certain games. During the next 9 games the Thunder will likely have Westbrook rest at least a couple of them. This will add more pressure to Durant to score while more defensive attention is being paid to him. Durant has all the ability in the world to make shots, but without his teams second best player the road to breaking Jordan’s record will be more difficult. Breaking the greatest basketball player of all times record would be a great achievement, but Durant and the Thunder would gladly abandon this streak if it at all interfered with the ultimate goal: winning the NBA championship. It will be exciting to watch the next 9 Thunder games. When a record like this is being chased it is added excitement to an already exciting season. The MVP race, the possibility of earning the number one seed, breaking a record set by Michael Jordan, and the ultimate quest to win their first NBA championship make these last 15 games of the season worth watching. The post Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant is on the way to breaking a Michael Jordan record appeared first on isportsweb.
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Kevin Durant considers his latest scoring tear the same as the rest.
But that doesn’t make it insignificant.
In Monday’s win at Chicago, Durant topped 25 points for the 32nd straight game. He passed Spencer Haywood for sole possession of the second longest streak of 25-point games over the past 50 years. The longest streak over that span belongs to Michael Jordan...
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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...
This has been a highly debated topic for the past 2 and a half seasons. Would the Oklahoma City Thunder be better off without Russell Westbrook? There are many factors to consider here and a major positive that would support the notion that OKC needs Westbrook to be a championship contender is their quick 2nd round departure in last years NBA playoffs to Memphis after Westbrook...
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will play tonight after missing last night's loss against the Mavericks. According to Darnell Mayberry on Twitter, Westbrook will come off the bench and Reggie Jackson will get the start.Westbrook missed last night's game due to precautionary reasons. It was his first scratch since returning to the lineup back on February...
Three poor possessions at the start of the fourth quarter quickly put all momentum on Chicago’s side and threatened to extend the Thunder’s misery into a second straight night.
Reggie Jackson threw the ball away.
Derek Fisher missed a deep 3 early in the shot clock.
Jackson clanged another jumper.
The Bulls burned the Thunder after each empty trip, trimming a nine-point deficit...
Rocking elaborate nail art has become one of the trendiest ways we women can express our individualism – and SI Hot Clicks has blessed us with this photo of a woman showing her love for Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook on her fingers.
I would give these nails a 9 for creativity, 8 for artistic impression and a 5.9 for execution, because the faces look nothing like the Wolves and Thunder stars.
Mustafa Shakur has signed a 10-day contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shakur has appeared in 37 games (36 starts) with the Erie BayHawks and Tulsa 66ers this season, averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.92 steals in 34.4 minutes per contest.
Shakur (6-3, 190), has appeared in 37 games (36 starts) with the Erie BayHawks and Tulsa 66ers this season, averaging...
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The Lakers could not back up Sunday’s win over the Thunder, losing 131-102 in Oklahoma City Thursday. Kevin Durant scored 29 to tie the game high with OKC colleague Russell Westbrook. Durant has now score 25+ points in 30 straight games, the longest streak of his career. Serge Ibaka also contributed with 15 points to with his 13 boards....
The fact the Oklahoma City Thunder are better with Russell Westbrook is pretty obvious. Losing to Dallas at home Sunday and then winning in Chicago Monday is concrete proof.
CHICAGO (AP) Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-85 on Monday night.
When they add up the wins and losses after 82 games, there won’t be any room for explanations in the standings.
The Mavericks’ 109-86 victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday evening will count the same as all the other W’s. It won’t matter that Russell Westbrook and two other Thunder starters were in street clothes.
And the Mavericks won’t apologize one bit for it.
There are exactly 30 days left in the 2013-14 NBA regular season and, while you may be clamoring for the playoffs to just begin already, there are still plenty of storylines that need to play out first. Here's a list of the top 30 things to look for before the postseason begins.
1. Kevin Durant could be MVP
Durant ranted last year that he's tired of being second to LeBron...