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Will Kevin Durant Help Oklahoma City Thunder Get Over Final Hurdle In 2013-14?

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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Indiana Pacers¬†on Sunday, which continues the Thunder’s improbable streak. The Thunder have now won 10 of their last 11 games and are once again the among the championship contenders. The Thunder’s dynamic duo led the team in an 118-94 win over the surging Pacers, but was this game just an aberration, or have the Thunder seized control of the Western Conference?

The Thunder are led by one of the best duos in the NBA in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but is this the year the perennial contenders get over that last hurdle?

OKC took a big step by beating the team with the best record in the East, but the Thunder still have more to prove. In the win against the Pacers, Durant and Westbrook both recorded double-doubles and accounted for 62 of the team’s 118 points, but the Thunder still had problems containing the opponent’s star.

Paul George had 32 points in the loss and provided the only signs of life for the Pacers. The Thunder have played well after a slow start to the season, but can Oklahoma City sustain this high level of play the whole season?

The Thunder’s 15-4 record is good for third in the Western Conference as of right now. Oklahoma City has not lost to an Eastern Conference opponent this season and have had an easy time in many of those games, but the Thunder have not fared as well against western conference brethren.

Oklahoma City has had success in the team’s short existence, but in the modern-day NBA, nothing less than a championship will suffice. The Thunder have been teetering on the precipice of greatness for several years now, but this season brings a ‘bling it up or bust it up’ mentality.

Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google network.

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