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NBA: Oklahoma City 110, Golden State 87

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- James Harden, given increased playing time while Oklahoma City dominated the second half, scored 25 points Friday to lead the Thunder past Golden State 110-87.
Jones back for 3-point title defense

Jones back for 3-point title defense

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- James Jones has signed on to try to defend his 3-point shooting title during this year's NBA All-Star weekend, the league said Thursday.

NBA: Houston 96, Oklahoma City 95

HOUSTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Kevin Martin put Houston in front with 24 seconds remaining Wednesday and the Rockets survived a series of misses to defeat Oklahoma City 96-95.

NBA: Oklahoma City 111, Utah 85

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- James Harden came off the bench to pump in 22 points Tuesday, giving the Oklahoma City Thunder a spark in its 111-85 win over Utah.

NBA: Oklahoma City 101, Utah 87

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Russell Westbrook led the way with 28 points Friday, lifting Oklahoma City to a 101-87 win that gave Utah its first three-game losing streak of the season.

NBA: Sacramento 106, Oklahoma City 101

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Sacramento's Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 40 points Thursday, propelling the Kings to a 106-101 win over Oklahoma City.

Pierce, Nowitzki head All-Star reserves

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Boston's Paul Pierce and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki headlined the list of 14 players chosen Thursday to fill out the rosters for the NBA's All-Star Game.

NBA: Oklahoma City 119, Golden State 116

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant's jump shot with 14.2 seconds to play Tuesday decided Oklahoma City's 119-116 road win over the Golden State Warriors.

NBA: San Antonio 107, Oklahoma City 96

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Tony Parker poured in 42 points, going 16-of-29 from the field, and set a team assists record Saturday in the San Antonio's 107-96 win over Oklahoma City.

NBA: Oklahoma City 101, Memphis 94

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored Oklahoma City's last 10 points Friday, breaking open a tight game and bringing the Thunder a 101-94 win over Memphis.

NBA: Oklahoma City 95, Dallas 86

DALLAS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Russell Westbrook scored six points during a 10-1 run that closed the game Wednesday, giving the Oklahoma City Thunder a 95-86 victory over Dallas.

NBA: LA Clippers 112, Oklahoma City 100

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Chris Paul led a parade of six Clippers scoring in double figures Monday, netting 26 points for Los Angeles in its 112-100 win over Oklahoma City.

NBA: Oklahoma City 101, New Orleans 91

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Russell Westbrook scored four points in a key six-point run during the fourth quarter Wednesday, leading Oklahoma City to a 101-91 win over New Orleans.

NBA: Oklahoma City 99, Detroit 79

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Russell Westbrook and James Harden each popped in 24 points Monday and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their hot start with a 99-79 win over Detroit.

NBA: Oklahoma City 84, New Jersey 74

NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and Kevin Durant added 20 Saturday in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 84-74 victory over New Jersey.
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Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin Durant (35) is fouled by New York Knicks' David Lee (42) as he scores a layup during the second half at the Key Arena in Seattle on February 2, 2008. Durant led the SuperSonics with 21 points in their 86-85 win over the New York Knicks. Also defending against Durant is Knicks Zach Randolph (R). (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)
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Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 6'9" small forward/shooting guard who is also capable of playing power forward, Durant was the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year and the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, amongst other awards. After a standout freshman season at the University of Texas, Durant opted to enter the NBA Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. There he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after his debut season. In 2007, Durant signed an endorsement contract with Nike. In the 2009–10 season Durant led the NBA in scoring and became the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title. He would later be named to the 2010 All NBA First Team.

A basketball player from his earliest days, Durant played for a successful Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) youth basketball team, the PG Jaguars. The Jaguars won multiple national championships with Durant and fellow future blue chip recruits Michael Beasley (Timberwolves) and Chris Braswell (UNC-Charlotte). Durant wore, and continues to wear, the #35 jersey in honor of his childhood mentor and AAU coach, Charles Craig, who was murdered at age 35. Durant later moved on to play AAU basketball with fellow McDonald's All American Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) for the DC Blue Devils. After spending two years at National Christian Academy, and one year at Oak Hill Academy, Durant grew five inches and was 6'7" when he started at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland for his senior year, during which he grew two more inches. At Montrose, Durant led the team in scoring and steals and was named the Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year. Durant also played with current Memphis Grizzlies point guard Greivis Vasquez while at Montrose. Vetter described Durant as a hard working player, complete with size, and incredible skills in shooting, ball handling, defense, and even some post up moves. Durant also was named a McDonald's All American and named co-MVP of the 2006 McDonald's All American game along with Chase Budinger. Behind Greg Oden, Durant was widely regarded as the second-best high school prospect.

A 6'9" swingman with a 7'5" wingspan, Durant was one of four freshman starters for the University of Texas basketball team. Durant started in all 35 games of the season, which culminated with a loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament to the University of Southern California. Texas finished third in the conference with a 12–4 record and was the runner-up in the 2007 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament.

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