Thursday, January 27, 2011
Durant's big night sparks Thunder win
By ESPN Stats & Info
While Kevin Love was posting his third 30-point, 20-rebound game of the season, Kevin Durant was putting up some career numbers himself.
Durant matched his career high with 47 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in Oklahoma City's 118-117 overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. How difficult is it to record a 40-point, 15-rebound game? Durant now has two such games, and that's currently tied for second among active players. Only Shaquille O'Neal has more (19). Durant's 47 points tie Blake Griffin for most in a single game this season.
Love finished with 31 points, 21 rebounds and made all three of his three-pointers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player to make at least three three-pointers in a 30-point, 20-rebound game was Kevin Garnett, who did it for the Timberwolves against the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 5, 2003. Garnett had 33 points, 25 rebounds and, like Love, was three-for-three from behind the arc.
IN OTHER NBA ACTION:
• The New Jersey Nets had three players score at least 14 points off the bench in their 93-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Anthony Morrow had 19 points, and Kris Humphries and Sasha Vujacic both added 14.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time since March 5, 1984 against the Utah Jazz, that the Nets had three non-starters score at least 14 points in a game they won by five points or fewer. (In that 120-116 win over the Jazz, the three players who scored at least 14 off the bench for the Nets were: Otis Birdsong (18), Darwin Cook (17) and Albert King (16).
• In the Phoenix Suns' 114-107 home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, Steve Nash had a game-high 27 points and 15 assists, the first player this season with a 25-point, 15-assist game.
• The New Orleans Hornets shot 62.2 percent from the field in a win at the Golden State Warriors. That is the fourth-highest percentage they have shot in a game in their franchise's history. The highest came in a 39-point blowout of the Indiana Pacers in 1994 when they shot 64.6 percent.