NBA: LA Lakers 123, Seattle 121 (OT)

SEATTLE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 48 points Monday, including the Lakers' last six points in overtime, to give Los Angeles a 123-121 win over Seattle.

NBA: Cleveland 95, Seattle 79

CLEVELAND, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- LeBron James scored 22 points Tuesday, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fourth straight victory, 95-79 over the Seattle SuperSonics.

NBA: Washington 108, Seattle 86

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Washington's Caron Butler led all scorers with 33 points and the Wizards forced 22 turnovers Sunday in a 108-86 win over Seattle.

NBA: Phoenix 104, Seattle 96

PHOENIX, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Amare Stoudemire scored 34 points Thursday and the Phoenix Suns rallied from a 20-point deficit after one period to defeat Seattle 104-96.

NBA: Philadelphia 98, Seattle 90

SEATTLE, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Lou Williams scored 19 points off the bench, including four free throw down the stretch, helping Philadelphia to a 98-90 road win Monday over Seattle.

NBA: Seattle 109, Minnesota 90

SEATTLE, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Jeff Green and Wally Szczerbiak scored 18 points each Saturday to lead the Seattle SuperSonics past Minnesota 109-90.

NBA: Boston 104, Seattle 96

SEATTLE, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce and Eddie House scored all of Boston's points in a 15-5, fourth-quarter run Thursday, lifting the Celtics to a 104-96 win over Seattle.

NBA: Portland 89, Seattle 79

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Brandon Roy and Jarrett Jack each scored 17 points Tuesday, helping Portland widen its winning streak to 11 with an 89-79 victory over Seattle.

NBA: Seattle 123, Toronto 115

SEATTLE, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored 27 points Friday and Seattle fought off a late charge to defeat Toronto 123-115.

NBA: New Orleans 107, Seattle 93

SEATTLE, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Morris Peterson helped touch off a run late in the second quarter Wednesday that vaulted New Orleans to a 107-93 win over Seattle.

NBA: Seattle 99, MInnesota 88

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Seattle, led by Chris Wilcox's 19 points and 10 rebounds, trailed by 15 points after one quarter Friday but fought back and overcame Minnesota 99-88.

NBA: Seattle 117, New York 110

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored 30 points and produced the key shots down the stretch Wednesday in boosting Seattle past New York 117-110.

NBA: Chicago 123, Seattle 96

CHICAGO, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Ben Gordon scored 27 points Tuesday, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 123-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.

NBA: New Orleans 91, Seattle 88

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Chris Paul had 29 points and 10 assists Sunday to help the New Orleans Hornets edge Seattle 91-88.

NBA: Seattle 104, Milwaukee 98

SEATTLE, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant equaled the best game of his young career Friday in carrying the Seattle SuperSonics to a 104-98 victory over Milwaukee.
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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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