Kevin Durant Scores 29, Leads the Thunder to Victory Over the Hornets

KD and the Thunder won their 5th straight game, defeating the Hornets 95-85 in New Orleans on Wednesday night.

KD finished the game with 29 points (on 11-17 shooting), 10 rebounds and 3 assists.

KD hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first eight minutes as the Thunder extended a two-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Hornets pulled within four early in the fourth, but never threatened after that.

“It feels good to get five wins, man,” KD said. “We’ve got to look forward to keep pushing, keep building on it and hopefully do a good job next game. It’s very encouraging that we can get through something like this.”

The Thunder now head back home to OKC to take on the Knicks on Saturday.

Kevin Durant Joins All-Star Lineup to Launch ‘HAITI: Aid Still Required’ Campaign

Normally everyone forgets about tragedies a few weeks or months after they happen. Not so with this group.

Despite it being two full years since the 7.0 magnitude earthquake leveled the capital city of Port-au-Prince, more than 40 high profile personalities will use their Twitter and Facebook accounts this Thursday, the 12th, to rekindle interest in helping Haiti.

The lineup, which includes Maroon 5, Sting, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum, Hugh Jackman, Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Martha Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Don Cheadle, Deepak Chopra and NBA stars Kevin Durant, Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin, and Chris Paul, has a combined total of 125 million social media followers.

“Before the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere,” explains Hunter Payne, producer of the campaign and President of Aid Still Required. “The last thing it needed was a disaster.”

The earthquake exacerbated ever-worsening conditions on the island. The number of orphaned and abandoned children has doubled since the quake, the incidence of rape has increased markedly, and Haiti’s floundering education system took a severe hit when schools toppled.

“On our trip there this past summer it was difficult to see much progress,” says Andrea Herz Payne, Chairman and co-founder of Aid Still Required. “At the same time we saw how eager the Haitian people are to improve their situation. There was no way we could come home and forget about them.”

Haiti was once a lush, thriving paradise. A few hundred years ago it provided France with about a third of its domestic product. But after gaining independence from France in 1804, the populace turned to subsistence farming, deforesting the countryside in the process. Today 98% of Haiti is barren, and the resultant flight to the cities has left urban areas impossibly overcrowded.

When the earthquake hit Port-Au-Prince, it destroyed hospitals, air, sea and land transport facilities, and communication systems, and left over a million survivors homeless and hundreds of thousands starving and without proper sanitation or clean drinking water. Today, the people of Haiti continue to live in a state of emergency.

“The usual pattern is for the public to contribute generously in the moment of a disaster and then forget about it,” says Hunter. “But disasters don’t heal themselves – they take time, energy and resources over a protracted arc. We hope this campaign will go a long way to engendering this kind of thinking not only about this tragedy but all others as well.”

Proceeds from the campaign are funding reforestation projects, infrastructure and teachers for orphanages, and trauma relief programs for PTSD and rape victims.

Donations – http://aidstillrequired.org/donate

Campaign Sponsor – Snoball – ‘Empowering change through social giving.’ https://snoball.com/

Contact info@AidStillRequired.org for more information.

Kevin Durant and Thunder Defeat the Grizzlies, Win 4th Straight

KD and the Thunder won their second game in Memphis this season, defeating their rivals, the Grizzlies 100-95.

KD finished the night with 22 points (on 7-20 shooting), 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Thunder now head to New Orleans for a match up with the Hornets on Wednesday night.

Vote for Kevin Durant for the 2012 All-Star Game

It’s time to vote for starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Starters. Make sure you vote for KD daily by texting DURANT to 69622 or by visiting NBA.com/ASB

SMS and wireless balloting, as well as voting on NBA.com, will conclude on January 31. Starters will be announced live on TNT on February 2, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 pm ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.

The 61st NBA All-Star Game will be played at Amway Center in Orlando. The city previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1992.

First Look: University of Texas Longhorn Nike Zoom KD IV Colorway

Check out the Nike Zoom KD IV colorway the University of Texas Longhorn squad wore against Oklahoma State this weekend.

The Burnt Orange colorway pays tribute to Kevin’s alma mater. Look for this colorway to hit selected retail locations in the Spring.

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What’s good? Just got back from our third straight win. Feeling great mentally, but I caught a cold. I hate being sick, but I guess this is just cold and flu season. Anyone else sick right now?

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Official Photos: Nike Zoom KD IV Year of the Dragon

Check out the official photos of the Nike Zoom KD IV Year of the Dragon. KD was born in a year of the dragon, and he demonstrates dragon-like power on the court. As 2012 is the year of water dragon, the Nike Basketball design team incorporates an array of water elements into the NIKE ZOOM KD IV.

The signature strap, in combination with the wave pattern on the tongue and the laser-etched blue shadows, creates a rippling effect. The water dragon surrounding the KD logo on the counter highlights oriental association. The whole piece is dominated by light blue and light mango, symbolic of thunder.

Look for the KD IV Year of the Dragon to release in China this week.

Kevin Durant and the Thunder Take Down the Spurs

In their third game in three nights, KD and the Thunder easily took down the San Antonio Spurs, 108-96. The Thunder won all three of their back to back to back contests this week, becoming the first team to accomplish that this season. Only 8 teams were able to pull that off during the 1999 strike shortened season.

KD finished the game with 21 points (on 5-9 shooting), 10 rebounds and 7 assists without playing in the 4th quarter. The Thunder will now head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

KD and the Thunder Down the Rockets for the Second Night in a Row

For the second night in a row, KD and the Thunder prevailed over the Houston Rockets. But unlike Friday night’s game, this game went down to the wire. KD clinched the victory scoring the go ahead bucket and following it up with two free throws in the closing seconds of the game.

KD finished the game with 27 points (on 10-25 shooting), 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The Thunder have their consecutive game on Sunday night when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in Oklahoma City

Nike Zoom KD IV White/White-Black-Cool Grey Colorway Available Now

The White/White-Black-Cool Grey colorway of KD’s Nike Zoom KD IV signature shoe is available now at NikeStore.com. KD will be wearing this and the White/Photo Blue-Midnight Navy-Cool Grey colorway at Thunder home games throughout the season. You can pick up your own pair of this colorway at NikeStore.com by clicking on the photo below.

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