Kevin Durant scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Thunder to a 95-82 win in its preseason opener over Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker on Saturday in Istanbul.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots for the Thunder, which kicked off the NBA Global Games 2013, the league’s eight-game exhibition tour of eight cities in six countries.
The Thunder overcame a slow start in which it was outscored 28-20 in the first period. But OKC outscored Fenerbahce 55-37 in the middle two quarters to take control.
The Thunder led by as many as 16 points and shot 48.6 percent.
“I think we did a good job of responding after the first quarter,” said Durant. “We gave up 28 points (in the first period) but we did a great job the last three quarters on defense. That’s really what we tried to preach, is making sure our defense is locked in every possession. Guys off the bench did a really, really good job of setting the tone and we followed their lead from there.”
Reggie Jackson, who will serve as the starting point guard while Russell Westbrook is sideline for the first four to six weeks of the regular season, scored nine points on 4-for-6 shooting and added five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.