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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant nearly notches triple-double in England exhibition win over Philadelphia

By John Hill, For The Oklahoman Published: October 8, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durnat, right, keeps the ball from Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner during their NBA preseason basketball game at the Phones4 u Arena in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super) ORG XMIT: MJS104
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durnat, right, keeps the ball from Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner during their NBA preseason basketball game at the Phones4 u Arena in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super) ORG XMIT: MJS104

MANCHESTER, England — Kevin Durant shined for the Thunder in its second straight preseason win, a 103-99 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

Durant finished with 21 points to help his team come out on top. He also added 12 assists and eight rebounds, coming up just short of a triple-double.

The Olympic gold medalist was 9-for-18 shooting, including 3-of-6 on 3-pointers.

Durant was also able to lift the crowd with some dazzling skills in the second half. He said after the clash in the U.K. that his side stuck to its game plan for the evening.

“We just tried to move the basketball from side to side as much as we could, and we made sure we were all available,” Durant said. “We didn't make as many shot as we should have, but at least we had the confidence to take them on, there is nothing wrong with doing that.

“The players were excited to be out there, and we will all learn a lot from this experience. It was only our second preseason game, and it was tough, but I thought the guys worked hard and did a great job at the end. …

“Hopefully we'll get the chance to come back to the U.K. again because I really enjoyed it and I think the fans here deserve to see some NBA in the regular season once again.”

Durant is hoping to be a positive role model this season for some of the younger players on the squad.

He added: “I always try to lead by example, to be vocal and compete hard. I've been through what they are going through now, being young and thrown into the big time. If they can learn something from me, that would be great.”

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