Steven Adams sets NBA record in OKC win

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During March New Zealand native Steven Adams has seen his minutes increase for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

And the rookie repaid the faith shown in him by coach Scott Brooks last night with perhaps his best performance in a Thunder jersey.

Helping the team to a 117-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets, Adams saw 23 minutes of action, picking up 10 points, six rebounds and six steals.

Those six steals are believed to be an NBA record for a rookie center.

Adams has started at his favored position in the last 14 games for the Thunder in the absence of Kendrick Perkins and he is clearly growing in confidence as he becomes more comfortable in the starter role. 

As well as finishing off several OKC moves round the rim at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, his ability to pick off the opposition through steals last night shows his growing stature defensively - at a key time for the franchise as the playoff picture becomes clearer.

Adams was taken by the Thunder as the number 12 overall pick of the 2013 draft after the Rotorua born 20-year old had spent one year at Pittsburgh.

And as the first Kiwi ever to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft there were high expectations on his rookie season.

With the Thunder now sitting on a 52-18 record Adams will be hoping he has impressed enough to maintain his minutes when Perkins returns.

Regardless, the improvement is clear for everyone to see as Adams begins to get to grips with the NBA.

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