KD and the Thunder won their 4th straight game on Friday night, defeating the Golden State Warriors 120-107 in Oakland. KD finished with 37 points (on 12-24 shooting), 14 rebounds and 3 assists in 43 minutes.
Despite his spectacular game, KD gave all the credit to his teammate, Serge Ibaka.
“[Serge's 8 offensive rebounds] were big for us..we needed it…allowed us 2nd chance points. He protected the paint and gave us the energy we needed”
KD and the 16-3 Thunder now head to Los Angeles to take on Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
Texas KD fans will love this Nike Texas Basketball Never Stops T-Shirt. It’s available now at Nikestore.com. Click on the photo below to purchase.
In his one season at the University of Texas, KD completed one of the greatest seasons in the history of College Basketball. In 35 games at UT, he averaged 25.8 ppg (first in Big 12, fourth in the nation), 11 rpg and 1.9 bpg. He scored 20-plus points 30 times, posted 30-plus points 11 times and recorded 20 double-doubles during his one year as a Longhorn. KD exploded for 37 points and a career-high 23 rebounds at Texas Tech and again posted 37 points along with 10 rebounds, a career-high 6 assists and a career-high six blocks vs. Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament finals. He was named the Big 12 Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring a tournament record 92 points.
Due to those spectacular performances, KD earned National Player of the Year honors from The Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, CBS/Chevrolet and The Sporting News. He became the first freshman in NCAA history ever to win the prestigious John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Adolph Rupp Trophy. Kevin earned consensus First Team All-American honors, becoming just the third freshman in NCAA history to earn that honor, joining Wayman Tisdale (1983) and Chris Jackson (1989). KD was named Big 12 Freshman and Player of the Year, earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. On February 25, 2009, the University of Texas retired KD’s No. 35 jersey making him just the third player in the 103-year history of the program.
Basketball Never Stops!
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Kevin Durant wasn’t sure at first that he wanted to be a movie star and a basketball star.
It took some peer pressure and some encouragement from his mother, but now Durant is bringing Hollywood to Oklahoma City for a few days. The two-time NBA scoring champion filmed scenes from the upcoming movie “Thunderstruck” Tuesday at the team’s home arena, including the pivotal sequence when his basketball skills are magically switched with a clumsy teenager to throw the Thunder’s playoff hopes into question.
Durant plays himself in the movie. Nickelodeon star Taylor Gray misses a halfcourt shot so badly that it hits Oklahoma City’s mascot, Rumble, in the arena tunnel and he tracks down the ball at the same time as Durant. He says he wishes he could play as well as Durant, and the Thunder superstar says he wishes he could help.
The wish magically gets granted, with the downside being that Durant suddenly has the skills of a kid who couldn’t make his own high school basketball team.
“It was pretty cool. I’m going to be nervous about how people view the movie and how they think my performance was,” Durant said. “I really don’t care now. I did it, it was fun, I enjoyed myself, I made some friends along the way, so I think it was a success.”
Today, the Nikestore.com team announced that the Nike Zoom KD IV Year of the Dragon colorway will be releasing on Nikestore.com at Midnight Eastern Time on February 3rd. It was first thought that the KD IV Year of the Dragon would be a China only release, so this is great news for fans of this colorway.
Expect this to be a very limited release. However, remember that you can also customize your own version of the KD IV Year of the Dragon on January 31st on NIKEiD.
Slowly, as students from Oklahoma City’s Centennial Mid-High School shot hoops and stretched, one head turned at a time toward the door of their gymnasium.
Slowly, they all realized that Thunder players Kevin Durant, James Harden and Royal Ivey had just walked into their school.
The three players joined students as they took part in Tuesday’s Thunder Fit Clinic, presented by Homeland, to help instill in them good fitness habits, knowledge of nutrition and a passion for basketball.
“It’d have been a dream for me to have an NBA player teach me the game,” Durant said as he led the students in dribbling and shooting drills. “Playing the game right is how it starts. Whatever you learn after that is a plus.”
All three players emphasized the need for young basketball players to work on the basic skills of the game.