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March 25, 2007 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For someone who hasn't yet declared for the NBA draft and has more than a month to do so, Kevin Durant is finding himself making news these days - and not even as a result of anything he's been saying or doing. NBA commissioner David Stern has levied $60,000 worth of fines this month to Boston, Charlotte and Golden State over officials' either sitting next to Durant's mother (Celtics' Danny Ainge, executive director of basketball operations) or talking about Durant (Bobcats managing director Michael Jordan and Warriors head coach Don Nelson)
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June 17, 2012 | Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant had the ball in his hands and LeBron James in his face. With 10 seconds left in Game 2, the NBA Finals were providing all the theater anyone could ask. Two superstars going head-to-head, the Miami Heat trying to hold off another stirring rally by the Oklahoma City Thunder, television ratings reaching levels last seen when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal played for the Lakers. James forced Durant to miss that tying attempt - perhaps getting away with a foul - and the Heat held on for a 100-96 victory Thursday night that evened the series at one game each.
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January 27, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thaddeus Young was asked about the type of season Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Kevin Durant is having. Young went straight for the letter P. "Phenomenal," the 76ers power forward said. "Unbelievable. I've been knowing Kevin since we were like in the 10th grade. Just to see like he's elevated his game. He's well on his way to possibly being one of the greats. " As it turns out, Young and his teammates may not get an up-close glimpse of Durant when the Sixers host Oklahoma City on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.
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August 11, 2012 | Associated Press
LONDON - One more for the gold, and seemingly nothing that can prevent it. This U.S. men's Olympic basketball team might not slow down until it's standing at the center of the medals platform again. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony added 18 apiece, and the U.S. team powered its way back to the gold-medal game by beating Argentina, 109-83, on Friday night. "Anything less than this would have been unsatisfying for us," Anthony said. "We believe that we could get here, and we're here now. We got one game left.
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March 31, 2010 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As quick as lightning, the Oklahoma City Thunder returned the 76ers to reality. The Thunder dismissed the Sixers, 111-93, last night at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers entered the game with back-to-back victories, both over playoff-bound teams. This glimmer of improved play was dashed as emphatically as Kevin Durant's baseline jam in the third quarter: In the final minutes of the game, Oklahoma City's lead reached 25 points. The Thunder, led by Durant's 26 points and 10 rebounds, improved to 45-28.
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February 19, 2013
The NBA's career scoring leader in the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant has never been just about offense. "I'm known for my defense," Bryant said. "I can defend. I'm pretty smart with my defense. " Pretty good, too. Ask LeBron James. Bryant blocked James' jumper, turning it into a dunk by Kevin Durant that helped the Western Conference put away the East 143-138 on Sunday. Bryant may not leap like Blake Griffin, but he can still get up when he needs to, especially when the defenseless part of the All-Star Game is over and it's time to stop somebody - even the league's best player.
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May 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE OKLAHOMAN newspaper got some flak for describing Thunder star Kevin Durant as "Mr. Unreliable" in a headline yesterday. Not from the five-time All-Star, but from his mother, Wanda Pratt. Pratt, who tweets as @MamaDurant, wrote "Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!" The Oklahoman responded by apologizing. "We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma," sports editor Mike Sherman said in a statement.
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June 14, 2012
LeBron James versus Kevin Durant. It is the story of these NBA Finals. Except to the guys who share the top billing. One of them will emerge with his first championship and probably the title of best player in the game. It could be James, the three-time MVP. Or it might be Durant, the league's scoring champion the last three seasons. All they know is whoever it is won't have done it alone. "Everybody is going to make the most out of the matchup of me versus LeBron, but it's the Thunder versus the Heat," Durant said Monday.
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December 8, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE WINNING streak is over, but the positives that came out of last night's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder might have outnumbered the ones taken from the team's only win of the season on Wednesday in Minnesota. No, Oklahoma City wasn't at its elite level, as Kevin Durant was playing only his second game of the season after suffering a broken foot, and Russell Westbrook only his fifth because of a busted hand. And sure, the Sixers still suffered a 12-point setback, 103-91. But they took what OKC dealt and just kept fighting, sticking around like an annoying fly in the summer.
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May 2, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE OKLAHOMAN newspaper got some flak for describing Thunder star Kevin Durant as "Mr. Unreliable" in a headline yesterday. Not from the five-time All-Star, but from his mother, Wanda Pratt. Pratt, who tweets as @MamaDurant, wrote "Typical Oklahoman on Kevin. UNBELIEVABLE!! KEVIN is RELIABLE!!!" The Oklahoman responded by apologizing. "We take great pride in our headlines about big sporting events and news in Oklahoma," sports editor Mike Sherman said in a statement.
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April 11, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Now that the 76ers' season is winding down, with only four more games remaining, plans for the future need to be made. Players will head home for some much-needed rest and, according to coach Brett Brown, so will he and his coaching staff. "Everybody has got to take a deep breath and go with their families and relax," said Brown, himself planning to go and coach his son's team in San Antonio at season's end. "I'm just so grateful for the work that my assistants have put in. We've all tried to maintain a positive outlook on what we knew would happen this year.
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March 20, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Carter-Williams may have the perfect mentor in Kevin Durant. Like the 76ers rookie, Oklahoma City's all-star forward spent his first NBA season on a team in tank mode. The Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics before they relocated to Oklahoma in 2008. The team reshuffled the roster heading into its final season in Seattle. The Sonics selected Durant out of Texas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft. The Sonics finished with the second-worst record (20-62)
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March 20, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
AT LEAST MCW knows he has KD in his corner. Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, the top scorer in the NBA, recently has called Michael Carter-Williams several times as MCW endures a humiliating rookie season on a team constructed to lose. Durant lost 62 of 82 games as the NBA Rookie of the Year in Seattle, and the team improved by only three wins when it moved from fashionable Seattle to, um, less-fashionable Oklahoma City the next season. Carter-Williams and the Sixers could be just as bad, or worse, despite MCW's probable hold on this season's Rookie of the Year award.
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March 6, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY - The spotlight was on Kevin Durant. It had to do with his friendly rivalry with LeBron James, and his Oklahoma City Thunder squad hosting the struggling 76ers. Folks wanted to know if the 6-foot-9 swingman would try to top the 61-point performance that James produced Monday night. Luckily for the Sixers, he didn't try to. But in the end, it didn't matter. Durant scored 42 points as the Thunder rolled to a 125-92 victory Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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January 27, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thaddeus Young was asked about the type of season Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Kevin Durant is having. Young went straight for the letter P. "Phenomenal," the 76ers power forward said. "Unbelievable. I've been knowing Kevin since we were like in the 10th grade. Just to see like he's elevated his game. He's well on his way to possibly being one of the greats. " As it turns out, Young and his teammates may not get an up-close glimpse of Durant when the Sixers host Oklahoma City on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.
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January 26, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN THE NAME comes up, almost to a man, the response is the same. A slight smile comes across the face, the shoulders start to shrug and words are hard to find. The question: "What can you do to slow down Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant?" The Boston Celtics might be the only team that does not have to answer that, as Durant sat out against them last night with a sore shoulder, aggravated in Wednesday's win over San Antonio. His status for tonight, when OKC visits the 76ers, will most likely be a game-time decision.
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October 9, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANCHESTER, England - The 76ers should seek out Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant after Tuesday's preseason game at England's Manchester Arena. The NBA all-star can tell his opponents all about spending his rookie season on a team in tank mode. When the Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics, before relocating to Oklahoma City in 2008, the team reshuffled its roster heading into its final season in Seattle. The Sonics selected Durant out of Texas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft.
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