It didn’t surprise Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder to see Serge Ibaka match him point for point in scoring.
Ibaka was 9-of-13 from the floor and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line and pulled pulled down seven rebounds.”
“He has helped carry the team all season,” Durant said. “He is making himself available for good passes and he is knocking down shots. He continues to be aggressive and get offensive rebounds. He has been our guy and we are going to keep playing off him, which is going to help us in the long run.”
Ibaka made no secret of how he felt scoring a career high.
“It feels good. First of all I’ve got to thank my teammates. They did a great job of finding me and they knew I was ‘hot’ which gave me confidence. They did a great job passing me the ball.”
Ibaka admitted that his teammates are building up their confidence in him in a big way.
“It’s very important. It’s important when my teammates find me,” he said. “It feels good because they know I work every night.”
“It was one of those games where we had to fight through and I think we did that these past two nights,” Durant said.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks found two reasons to be happy about his team’s performance.
“I thought we played good defense,” Brooks said. “We held them to 41 percent shooting and I thought Serge really played inspired basketball.”