Durant scores 44 in Thunder's OT win at New York
(The Sports Xchange) - The Oklahoma City tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were too much for the New York Knicks to handle on Tuesday as the Thunder won 128-122 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
Durant poured in a season-high 44 points, and Westbrook produced his 30th double-double of the season. It was the second time this season Durant went over the 40-point mark after he scored 43 against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 30.
"I'm not really into how many points I score anymore," said Durant, a four-time league scoring champion. "I try to play winning and consistent basketball. If I play a good brand of basketball, if I play the right way, that stuff will come."
Durant pulled down three of his 14 rebounds in overtime. He shot 12-for-26 from the floor and 16-for-18 from the line.
Westbrook recorded 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Thunder (34-13).
The duo's output was significant considering their resiliency on the court. Westbrook logged 44 minutes, while Durant played 43 minutes.
"It is really hard to sustain that type of intensity," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "They are human, and they need a break every once in a while.
"The minutes they have gotten as of late has been managed reasonably."
The Knicks (22-25) were without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who has a sore left knee. New York are 0-5 without the Eastern Conference All Star, who is averaging 21.3 points this season. Continued...