It was big talk for a guy who can’t run away.
Injured Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, his right foot still in a boot after surgery to repair a broken bone, didn’t let his on-court absence keep his mouth from running in the Thunder’s 69-65 loss at home to the Houston Rockets on Sunday.
It was a chippy game, with plenty of chirping back and forth. At one point, Durant repeatedly called Howard a p----, according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman.
It was also the first NBA game since 2003 in which neither team managed to shoot 30 percent from the floor. Houston was 23-for-80 on the night (28.8 percent) while the Thunder went 20-for-68 (29.4 percent).
The teams combined to make just 10 of 54 3-pointers, and Houston also struggled to sink free throws, going 16-for-30 from the line. The Rockets managing just nine points in the third quarter, and the Thunder never scored more than 19 in any period.
- Phil Watson