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.”
Reggie Jackson was also on fire, racking up 29 points for Oklahoma City. The 23-year-old was 10-of-17 from the field.
After a win over Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul on Saturday, Scott Brooks' team carried on its preparation for the regular season with a fast start.
OKC led 25-22 after one quarter, but the 76ers rallied for a 51-48 lead at halftime.
OKC outscored the Sixers 35-23 in the third quarter to take control.
Brooks was proud of the way his players conducted themselves in Manchester and felt they put on a good show.
“I thought the guys did a great job at moving the basketball,” he said. “We distributed the ball fairly well, but there are still one or two things we have to go back to the drawing board on to improve.”
The Thunder coach was particularly excited about the future for big man Steven Adams.
“I think he is going to be a very exciting player for us,” Brooks said. “What I love about him is that he works extremely hard each day and has the mentality that we all have. We never take days off.
“If you have that in your players, they are going to improve and they are going to improve at the pace you want them to.”
The Thunder returns to action Oct. 15 at Chesapeake Energy Arena for a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets.