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Thunder notebook: K.D. scores 28 in return

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: December 5, 2010

All-Star small forward Kevin Durant returned to the Thunder's starting lineup Sunday after sitting out two games with a sprained left knee. He learned Saturday night he had been cleared to play.

“It felt good. I was excited,” said Durant, the league's defending scoring champ and league leader again this season. Durant finished with 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line in the 114-109 victory over Golden State inside Oklahoma City Arena.

The plan was to rest Durant the entire fourth quarter with the Thunder owning a 90-70 lead.

“The plan also was to play better in the fourth and not give up 39 points,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.


Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished with 39 points and six assists. He shot 14 of 20 from the field, 4 for 7 from 3-point range and 7 for 7 from the free-throw line.

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook drew the unenviable task of guarding Curry.

“Oh, he's a great young guy,” Westbrook said of Curry.

The 22-year-old Westbrook paused and corrected himself. “I'm talking about young. He's older than me,” Westbrook said with a chuckle.

Curry actually is six months older than Westbrook. Asked to explain why he thought Curry was younger, Westbrook said: “I don't know. Maybe it's because he looks younger, but he's older than me.”


With the victory, the Thunder is now 1-4 on Sundays this season.

“Hey, we won on a Sunday. I like the 9:30 (a.m.) shoot-around. I think that was the difference,” Brooks claimed.

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