Westbrook signs extension with Thunder

Westbrook signs extension with Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Thursday they have signed guard Russell Westbrook to a contract extension.

NBA: Washington 105, Oklahoma City 102

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- John Wall hit four free throws in the final minute Wednesday and scored 25 points, boosting Washington to a surprising 105-102 victory over Oklahoma City.

NBA: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88

BOSTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook teamed up for 54 points Monday and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off Boston 97-88 for their seventh straight win.
U.S. announces men's basketball finalists

U.S. announces men's basketball finalists

COLORADO SPRINGS, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and five others from the 2008 Olympic gold-medal team are among finalists for the 2012 U.S. men's basketball team.

NBA: Oklahoma City 104, New York 92

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 49 points Saturday and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past New York 104-92.

NBA: Oklahoma City 95, New Orleans 85

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant had 29 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday, lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fifth straight win, a 95-85 decision over New Orleans.

NBA: Oklahoma City 108, San Antonio 96

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and seven assists Sunday, powering the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 108-96 win over San Antonio.

NBA: Oklahoma City 109, Houston 94

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored 26 points Friday and ignited Oklahoma City to a quick start that brought the Thunder a 109-94 win over Houston.

NBA: Portland 103, Oklahoma City 93

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 30 points, going 10-of-19 from the field Tuesday, to propel the Portland Trail Blazers to a 103-93 win over Oklahoma City.

NBA: Dallas 100, Oklahoma City 87

DALLAS, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Dirk Nowitzki poured in 26 points Monday and the Dallas Mavericks handed Oklahoma City its first loss of the season, beating the Thunder 100-87.

NBA: Oklahoma City 107, Phoenix 97

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Russell Westbrook led a parade of six Thunder players in double figures Saturday, notching 18 points for Oklahoma City in its 107-97 win over Phoenix.

NBA: Oklahoma City 104, Dallas 102

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant hit a 3-point shot as time expired Thursday to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 104-102 victory over Dallas.

NBA: Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95

MEMPHIS, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored four of his 32 points in the final 35 seconds Wednesday, allowing the Oklahoma City Thunder to hold on for a 98-95 win over Memphis.

NBA: Oklahoma City 104, Minnesota 100

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Kendrick Perkins' key rebound and foul shots in the waning seconds Monday lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-100 win over Minnesota.

NBA: Oklahoma City 97, Orlando 89

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant poured in 30 points Sunday and the Oklahoma City Thunder bested Orlando 97-89 in the season opener for both teams.
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Kevin Durant
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)

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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