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Oklahoma City All-Star Kevin Durant won't be making a bid to overtake Carmelo Anthony for the NBA scoring title, and instead is sitting out the Thunder's regular-season finale Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Durant would have needed 70 points to surpass Anthony and win his fourth straight scoring crown. He had played in all 81 of Oklahoma City's games previously this season. The Thunder have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Coach Scott Brooks also plans to use All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook sparingly, for perhaps 7 or 8 minutes. The only reasons he's playing are to extend the NBA's longest active consecutive games streak to 394 and give the team a jump start.
Milwaukee is holding out starters Ersan Ilyasova (wrist) and Larry Sanders (back).
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With Oklahoma Thunder superstar Kevin Durant scoring average currently sitting at 28.1 points/game, according to some statistical calculations courtesy of the wonder that is mathematics, the only chance he had of securing his third-straight NBA season scoring title was to drop 70 points on the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night in the team’s season finale. This is based on the...
With the best record in the Western Conference all wrapped up, the Oklahoma City Thunder do not have anything to play for with the Milwaukee Bucks coming to town tonight. The same cannot be said for Kevin Durant, who had a (very slim) shot at winning his fourth consecutive scoring title.
Rather than risk injury and try to score as much as possible, Durant will be sitting out...
Blake Griffin has a very important announcement to make: Move over Carmelo Anthony, he is going for the 2013 NBA scoring title.
Kevin Durant would need to score more than 70 points to surpass current points leader Carmelo Anthony to take the 2012-13 NBA scoring title.
The sidelined Anthony will take the title with no contest from Durant.
Durant posted a photo on his Instagram account on Wednesday morning stating that he will sit out of Wednesday night’s game. He offered a message to those disappointed that...
The Oklahoma City Thunder have locked up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Milwaukee Bucks are headed to the East playoffs, but they couldn't be in a much worse spot.
Oklahoma City will try to close the regular season with a fifth consecutive victory Wednesday night, while the visiting Bucks try to end their longest skid of 2012-13 before a brutal postseason matchup...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Sacramento Kings 104-95 on Monday night.
Tyreke Evans, the Kings' second-leading scorer, did not return after grabbing at his troublesome left knee following...
Advanced statistics have made quite a bit of headway in the basketball world over the past couple of years. However, the general public, NBA pundits, and NBA front offices still tend to fawn over players that score a lot of points, regardless of how efficient they are. Which is why a player like Carmelo Anthony, who the advanced stat Wins Produced ranks as the seventh (!!) top...
Melo's hot streak continued.
In five seconds, tell me how many scoring titles Michael Jordan won and how many titles he won.
You guessed on one, but you knew the other without even thinking. Scoring titles are nice, but in the grand scheme of things, they mean nothing.
Kevin Durant knows that and I hope Carmelo Anthony knows that as well. Want to be a legendary player? Have to get the ring and any fan that doesn’t...
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson doesn’t think Amar’e Stoudemire will play in the team’s opening-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. “I think he’s going to be out,