Thaddeus Young is doing a good job of erasing the memory of a disappointing 2009-10 season, one in which he struggled and the Sixers went just 27-55.
Young, the team's first forward off the bench, owns the balanced Sixers' highest scoring average over the 10 games (18.1 points) prior to Wednesday's four-point outing against the Thunder. He also shot 81-for-125 (64.8 percent) from the field while reaching double-figures in 10 straight until the Oklahoma City loss. He had at least 20 three times during that time.
"Even on nights when I don't score, I try to find other things to do, like playing defense or rebounding and to just be a hustle player out there," Young said. "I know I'm not going to score every night, but when I do score it's a big plus for the team."
Sixers coach Doug Collins, while a big fan of Young's for what the fourth-year pro brings to the court ("His game is growing and he is playing with tremendous confidence") is an even bigger fan of Young the person.
"They say teachers and coaches are not supposed to have favorites," Collins said. "But I can't lie -- he is one of my favorites. I absolutely think he is one of the most wonderful kids I've ever been around."
THUNDER 110, SIXERS 105 (OT): The Sixers led by five points with under 40 seconds to go in regulation, but Kevin Durant (34 points, 16 rebounds) forced overtime with a tough baseline jumper and three-pointer as the Thunder outscored the Sixers, 14-4, over the final six minutes. The defeat snapped the 33-31 Sixers' three-game win streak. Oklahoma City shot 50 percent (46-for-92) and held a 52-36 edge in points in the paint. Lou Williams (13 in the fourth quarter) and Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 22 points apiece.
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