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Kevin Durant dominant in OKC Thunder's preseason win

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 15, 2013

This was that golden matchup Reggie Jackson spoke of Monday, the mismatch that, if you go to it, inevitably will result in a good shot.

“It doesn't matter who in the gym is guarding him,” Jackson insisted.

On Tuesday night it was Anthony Randolph's turn.

And he didn't stand a chance.

Kevin Durant torched Randolph and the Denver Nuggets for nearly three quarters before Scott Brooks finally called off his biggest dog and settled for a 109-81 win in the Thunder's preseason home opener.

By the time Durant strolled to the bench with 5:06 remaining, he took his seat with a game-high 36 points in 23 minutes. He made 13 of 20 shots, connecting on half of his eight 3-point tries and converting six of seven foul shots.

At halftime, Durant had 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

Randolph was scoreless with two fouls.

“You just got to get him the ball and get out the way sometimes,” Jackson said, grinning from ear to ear. “Sometimes that's just the job for the night.”

Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha had 13 points apiece for the Thunder. Ibaka and rookie guard Andre Roberson each had nine rebounds, sharing game-high honors.

But this game was all about Durant.

He added six rebounds, four assists and stretches of stellar defense. From the opening tip, he totally controlled the game. On both ends. Durant had 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting with two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in his first 7½ minutes, helping the Thunder jump to a 30-17 lead after one quarter.

“He played a very good floor game, a very good defensive game, an all-around game,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “And we expect that out of him.”

Brooks shot down the notion that more pressure is on Durant with starting point guard Russell Westbrook sidelined for at least the first month of the season.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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