Hardin in townThunder second-round pick DeVon Hardin was in attendance for the first time since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City. Hardin, who did not sign with the team after being selected 50th overall, was set to play overseas before sustaining a stress fracture in his left leg. Hardin, 6-foot-11, is hoping to be cleared soon by a doctor for more intense workouts.
Hardin is unsure whether he will be signed to an NBA contract next season or play overseas. "I’m ready to join (the organization) whenever they’re ready for me,” Hardin said. "I’ve been following the team all year. We have a lot of work to do. I can’t wait until I can get back on the court and do my part.”
MONSTER FOURTH QUARTERKevin Durant scored 41 points, one shy of his career high. Durant was 15-of-27 from the field, including 6-of-10 on 3-pointers and 5-of-5 at the line. Nearly half of Durant’s production (19 points) came in the fourth quarter as the Thunder tried to overcome a 21-point deficit. "I’m proud of the effort (in the fourth quarter),” said coach Scott Brooks. "It wasn’t a total throwaway. We did things well enough to win if we would have done them consistently throughout the game.”
BACK HOMEWarriors guard Kelenna Azubuike, who played at Tulsa Victory Christian, is averaging career bests in every category, including 31.4 minutes and 13.4 points. He requested more than 20 tickets for friends and relatives. The only other city he needs that many tickets is Denver, where he lives in the offseason.