The wrath of Durant

Radio guy Matt Pinto actually said that when Kevin Durant logged his 40th point tonight. Really, though, Kid Delicious didn’t look all that wrathful: he was utterly methodical as he took apart the Phoenix defense. And when he wasn’t doing it, Russell Westbrook was; with Durant’s 41 and Westbrook’s 36 — well, the Thunder won it 102-90, so there were twenty-five points that they didn’t score. Kevin Martin had just under half of them.

The Suns made a few runs at it, showing a knack for second-chance points — Phoenix grabbed 14 offensive rebounds — and the limited rotation (just eight) put in some serious work. Marcin Gortat played more than 46 minutes in an effort to seal off the cylinder. (He finished with 19 points and 15 rebounds, four off the offensive glass.) Shannon Brown collected a team-high 21 points, though it took him 43 minutes to do it. From the abbreviated bench, Michael Beasley and Sebastian Telfair (14 points each) were busy, Beasley clearing the boards and Telfair sinking the treys. This is what happens when both Channing Frye and Jared Dudley are out of commission.

Speaking of hors de combat, Serge Ibaka still is, but Thabo Sefolosha was back. (Telltale statistic: third-highest scorer of the starters, with four, but at +20 top of the box score.) Nick Collison started at the four, but for much of the night it was Durant and Hasheem Thabeet working the frontcourt. Kendrick Perkins didn’t shoot much, and what he did shoot didn’t go in, but he did collect 13 rebounds.

While all this was going on, Chicago was putting the hurt on Atlanta, holding them to 15 points in the first quarter and five in the second. I mention this here mostly as a “Don’t get cocky, kid” reminder.

The Nuggets come to OKC Wednesday, after which a six-game road trip ensues, starting Friday in Dallas.







7 comments

  1. Roger Green »

    15 January 2013 · 5:33 am

    Apropos of absolutely nothing, my ex was born in Durant, Oklahoma. I wonder if Kevin’s ever been there.

  2. CGHill »

    15 January 2013 · 7:48 am

    Even I’ve never been to Durant, though I must at some point.

  3. fillyjonk »

    15 January 2013 · 2:13 pm

    Every time I hear the player in question mentioned on the news my attention gets grabbed, as that’s where I live.

    I will say there’s not much wrath in this Durant these days, unless there are people who are upset over the Rt. 70 bypass not being done yet.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    15 January 2013 · 3:16 pm

    The Sonics were not as good as the Thunder are, were they? I wonder if pot consumption is noticeably higher in Seattle than OKC.

  5. CGHill »

    15 January 2013 · 3:36 pm

    The last few years of their existence, no. Then again, the Sonics played in Seattle for 41 years, and won the Finals one year, which the Thunder have yet to pull off.

    As for drug consumption, I think that this proves it.

  6. Charles Pergiel »

    15 January 2013 · 9:44 pm

    That “Open Letter” was interesting. I’m gonna have to think about it.

  7. Roger Green »

    16 January 2013 · 3:14 pm

    Grandma to Durant: Stop cursing!

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