Kevin Durant has been in terrific form for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Reuters
Kevin Durant will look to extend his incredible 30-point streak to 13 when Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.
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Durant is currently on a 12-game run of at least 30 or more points, a league-best since Tracy McGrady set a mark of 14 in the 2002-03. The Thunder All-Star had 33 points in a rout at the Miami Heat on Wednesday, and OKC will look to stop the Brooklyn Nets finishing with the best record in January with a win on Friday.
"I've scored points before in this league, it's not like this is totally new to me," Durant said. "But this long of a stretch of 30 points, I guess, is different for me.
"I'm just trying to do whatever my team needs, night in and night out, to figure out what we need to do to win a basketball game."
With Russell Westbrook out injured, Durant has naturally had to step up, and that has been a big reason behind the forward's tremendous run, where he averages 38 points per game. But Durant has also been helped out quite a bit by his teammates, highlighted by the likes of Serge Ibaka and Derek Fisher chipping in commendably in the win over Miami.
"We have the flexibility to mix and match our bench with our starting lineups," Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who will lead the All-Star team, told the team's official website. "That allows us to play different styles.
"What we've seen [Durant] and all of our guys do, it's been over time. It hasn't just been this season or this past summer. It's been years in the making. Kevin has developed his game throughout the time he has been with us every single day. We take pride in developing all of our guys."
Brooklyn is coming off a narrow loss to the Toronto Raptors, a defeat which ended a five-game winning streak, and Brooks knows his side will need to be at their best to topple the Nets in their home court.
"They have good players, they have veteran players, they have smart players and they have tough players," Brooks added. "They have players who have been through all the tough times and the good times this league has to offer. We have to play well to beat them on their home court."
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