Kevin Durant continues to make strides as a player for the Thunder. We saw it last night when he scored 38 points and 18 of them came in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City came from behind to beat the Orlando Magic 105-102.
Durant previously was only averaging around 15 points per game in Orlando in his career. He did however in his last game in the arena take home the All-Star Game MVP with a 36-point performance.
Durant was great in the fourth and that’s just what the Thunder needed. It was Russell Westbrook who handled the load earlier in the game and was the only Thunder player playing with enough intensity to keep the game close.
That’s how it’s been for the Thunder this year. They have been fortunate when they’ve gotten their scoring from Durant and Westbrook. It always seems to come in a timely way.
The two aren’t always the best together exactly but they know how to play off each other very well and better than LeBron James and Dwyane Wade do.
For those who haven’t watched the Thunder closely this year, it is clear that they have no issues with who should take over in late-game situations. Westbrook will if he needs to and Durant always gets his touches.
Westbrook shouldered the blame last year and unrightfully so because Durant had some of his own issues as well when it came to getting open and using screens off the ball to create space from his defender.
Durant has definitely worked on this for this season and is doing a noticeably better job at receiving the ball closer to the rim and in positions where he can be more efficient, and it’s evident with his shooting numbers and overall effectiveness.