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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant returns to Seattle in summer league

Kevin Durant took part in the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am in Seattle on Sunday. It was his first time back in Seattle in a basketball capacity since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.
By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer Published: August 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant focuses for a free throw during the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am at Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. Crowds of Seattle Sonics fans packed the gym to capacity to watch their former player. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Erika Schultz) SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, NO SALES. MANDATORY CREDIT.  ORG XMIT: WASET401
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant focuses for a free throw during the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am at Royal Brougham Pavilion at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. Crowds of Seattle Sonics fans packed the gym to capacity to watch their former player. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Erika Schultz) SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, NO SALES. MANDATORY CREDIT. ORG XMIT: WASET401

“He reached out to me to come perform before in front of you guys,” Crawford told the crowd at Seattle Pacific University. “He loves Seattle. He took his own jet. He spent a lot of money to come up here and perform in front of you guys.”

It clearly wasn't one of Durant's better shooting performances. He made just 26 of 62 shots — including many dunks — but was only 8 of 32 from 3-point range. He missed a baseline jumper at the end of regulation that forced overtime where Crawford's team pulled out a 147-141 win. Crawford finished with 46 points.

But the final score or Durant's stat line didn't matter in the bigger picture of a city still trying to reclaim its NBA identity. Fans were

“It's huge. Seattle feels like he was stolen from us. He's arguably the second-best player in the NBA, some say he's the first, so for us to get to see him up close and personal again; it was special for me to get to play with him,” said Will Conroy, a Seattle native who has bounced around in the D-League with a few NBA stints. “I overpassed it to him like 10 times, but I didn't care. It was special. Even me, I couldn't sleep last night. I was excited.”

Durant was mostly matched up against Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards but he took on whoever stood in his way, including Shaqquan Aaron, a high school standout in Seattle. Aaron played pretty good defense on Durant, but the NBA star still got the foul call from the officials.

“He was trying to go at me his hardest,” Aaron said. “If he was guarding me I would have went at him too.”