8:00 PM ET, January 31, 2014
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Kevin Durant's 30-point streak ends at 12 in Thunder's rout of Nets
Ibaka, Durant After Thunder's Win
NEW YORK -- Finally, somebody stopped Kevin Durant: his coach.
Not that Durant cared. The only streak he cares about is still intact.
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"That's the most important streak," Durant said.
Serge Ibaka made all 12 shots and added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were so good that Durant sat the entire fourth quarter, the only way to slow him down right now.
Durant came out with 1:15 left in the third quarter. Coach Scott Brooks didn't bother asking the NBA's leading scorer if he wanted to keep playing to extend the streak, saying he knew what the answer would be.
"If he cared about the streak, he should've never missed the two shots. That's on him. Can't blame it on me," Brooks said.
Durant finished 10 of 12 from the field, though his scoring average during his sensational January dropped from 36.6 to 35.9. He had been streaking toward Tracy McGrady, who had the last longer streak when he scored 30 in 14 in a row in 2003.
"The streak was good while it lasted, but that's the least of my concerns," Durant said. "It's easy for me to try to force it to keep the streak alive, but we needed this win because they beat us last time."
Oklahoma City shot 63.6 percent, highest in the league this season, and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17. The Nets' rebound total was the lowest in NBA history.
Shaun Livingston scored 16 points while drawing the impossible assignment of defending Durant for the Nets, who dropped their final two games to finish 10-3 in January.
They started the month by holding Durant to 24 points in a victory at Oklahoma City, but Brooklyn was never in this game.
Durant In A Company Of Few
Kevin Durant is the first NBA player with at least 550 points and 90 assists in any month since Michael Jordan in March 1987. Four others also accomplished the feat:
|Jan. 2014||Kevin Durant|
|Mar. 1987||Michael Jordan|
|Dec. 1972||Nate Archibald|
|Feb. 1972||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar|
|Feb. 1967||Oscar Robertson|
|Dec. 1965||Jerry West|
— from Elias Sports Bureau
Reggie Jackson and Thabo Sefolosha scored 14 for the Thunder, on their longest winning streak since a 12-game run early in the 2012-13 season. They dominated the final three quarters in their 112-95 victory at Miami and picked up right where they left off in this one before a sellout crowd of 17,732 that included former President Bill Clinton.
They call this a landslide in his field.
Oklahoma City closed the first quarter with the final 13 points, eight from Ibaka and the rest from Durant, for a 30-16 lead. An 11-0 spurt in the second -- with just two points from Durant and Ibaka -- extended it to 45-24, and one more surge late in the period put it away.
Durant had a jumper and 3-pointer around Jackson's three-point play to extend it to 28, and Durant made a turnaround jumper and another 3-pointer on consecutive possessions late in the half for a 61-30 cushion. Ibaka capped his perfect half with a follow dunk and Oklahoma City led 63-35 at the break.
But Durant got only three shots in the second half, making two on alley-oops, before taking a seat for good to get a little extra rest before returning to his hometown Saturday to face Washington.
The Nets played without versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko, who would've been one of their best hopes of defending Durant, because of strained right calf. Backup center Andray Blatche left in the second half with a bruised left hip.
The Thunder have won six straight road games. ... The Nets visit Indiana on Saturday, facing both conference leaders in a 24-hour span. ... Marquis Teague, acquired from Chicago on Jan. 21, made his Nets debut in the fourth quarter and scored seven points.
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Oklahoma City...(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Nets had 17 rebounds, the fewest in a game by any team all-time.[+]
Fewest Rebounds in a Game - All-Time
Serge Ibaka did not miss a field goal Friday going 12-of-12 from the floor for 25 points. His average shot distance was 7.4 feet (Season Average: 10.2 feet).
Kevin Durant is the first NBA player with at least 550 points and 90 assists in any month since Michael Jordan in March 1987. Four others also accomplished the feat:[+]
Kevin Durant's streak of at least 30 points per game was halted at 12 games but he still went 10-of-12 (83.3%) from the field, his highest shooting percentage of his career (playoffs included). In particular, Durant took advantage of Shaun Livingston Friday, going 9-of-10 with 22 points and 1 turnover against Livingston. Durant was 4-of-9 with 12 points and 4 turnovers while being defended by him in the team's prior meeting (Jan 2).
Kevin Durant is averaging 36.6 points per game in January, currently the fourth most in a single month in the last 20 seasons (ELIAS). He needs to score 35 points Friday against the Nets to remain tied with Tracy McGrady for the fourth-most points in a month in the last 20 years. Durant would need to score 91 POINTS in his final game in January to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to average 40 points per game in a month in the last 20 seasons.[+]
Kevin Durant scored or assisted on 19 of the Thunder's 30 points in the 1st quarter. The Nets had 16 points as a team.
Kevin Durant was 8-for-9 in the 1st half against the Nets, making 88.9% of his shots, a season-high for Durant in any half.
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