Kevin Durant‘s streak of consecutive games scoring 30 points or more ended in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s 120-95 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets. KD’s personal streak may be over, but the Thunder extended their win streak to 10 games, improving to 38-10 on the year and owners of the league’s best record. Because they gained such a large lead, Durant missed the entire fourth quarter which was the only thing keeping him from hitting the 30-point mark. He did manage to put on one of the best shooting performances of his career, going 10-of-12 from the floor.
As great as Durant was, Serge Ibaka was even better, scoring 25 points without missing a single miss from the field on 12 shot attempts. Ibaka’s has improved over the last month along with every other player on the Thunder’s roster. Reggie Jackson continued his impressive play, adding 14 points and seven assists. Jeremy Lamb joined in on the fun, contributing with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Steven Adams‘ minutes have decreased over the last few games, mainly due to matchup issues against smaller teams.
Adams’ lack of minutes gave way to Perry Jones III who proved he deserves recognition as well. Jones added 11 points in 22 minutes of action. Thabo Sefalosha is OKC’s best defender, but he has shown more consistency on the offensive end over the past week. He has scored in double-figures three times in a week’s time after doing so only a total of three times in the two months prior to January. If he can continue to be consistent, the Thunder will take yet another positive step in their journey to win an NBA Championship.