The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/29/11 — Kevin Durant
With only nine games remaining in their season, the Oklahoma City Thunder appear to be peaking at the right time. They entered their game against the Golden State Warriors last night on a three-game winning streak and winners of nine of their last ten. Thanks to a solid performance from their all-star, Kevin Durant, they would keep that streak alive.
Durant had the hot hand all night, draining 13 field-goals and three of his five three-point attempts en route to a 39-point performance. He also added six rebounds, five assists, one block and a steal to his stat line, but most impressive of all was his scoring output in overtime, which saw him record eight of the the Thunder’s nine points in the frame as they went on to beat the Warriors by a score of 115-114.
With the win, the Thunder move five games clear of the Denver Nuggets for fourth place in the Western Conference. That will be key come playoff time as it will give them home-court advantage in a possible series against their division rivals. That could be the difference between a first round exit or the first playoff series victory for the franchise in Oklahoma City. Another key factor to the Thunder’s playoff success will be the play of Kevin Durant. They will need him to put together more games like this come April, as he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, March 29, 2011.