Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder's blow-out win over the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter after rolling his ankle in a collision with Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough, but the injury isn't considered serious, reports Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman. Durant said he simply tweaked his ankle after stepping on Hansbrough's foot, and while he wore a walking boot after the game as a precaution, he said he may be able to play in the Thunder's next game Friday against the Atlanta Hawks.
Durant missed four games early this season, but played all 82 last season, 74 in 2008-09 and 80 in his rookie season, making him one of the more dependable young stars in the NBA. The defending NBA scoring champ is averaging a league-best 28.4 points per game this year, and is more than two points per game ahead of LeBron James in the race for the 2010-11 scoring crown.
The Thunder are 37-22, and increasingly seem locked in to the No. 4 seed in the West. Oklahoma City trails the Los Angeles Lakers by three games in the loss column, and leads the Denver Nuggets by four.
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