The Norman Transcript


October 24, 2011

Durant gives back with all-star game

OKLAHOMA CITY — The last time Kevin Durant played in front of his Oklahoma City Thunder fans was during the Western Conference Finals late last spring.

Despite losing to the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, he put on a show in every game.

Durant continued the show Sunday as he hosted the USFleet Tracking Basketball Invitational. With many of the biggest names in the NBA on the same court for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season, Durant was still the star of stars.

What made Durant stand out wasn’t just the 42 points, 26 rebounds and 11 assists he posted in leading the White Team to a 176-171 overtime win over the Blue Team at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Even for an all-star game type atmosphere, those are numbers you expect from the two-time NBA scoring champion.

What made Durant stand apart from the other 15 players was his willingness to put a game like this together here. He could have done it in New York, Dallas or Los Angeles and maybe made a bigger splash. But he chose to reward his fans.

“Once I put this game together I knew it was going to be a hit, especially because of the people in Oklahoma City who enjoy the game,” Durant said. “I am excited I had the opportunity to do it. It felt like it was a real game.”

Durant also donated $100,000 to the Single Parents Foundation.

The winning team consisted of Durant, LeBron James, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook and LaMarcus Aldrige. James had 40 points and tied with Durant for a game-high 53 minutes of action.

The Blue team had Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, Chris Paul and Michael Beasley, who had a game high 56 points.

Paul was the only other player in the game with a triple-double as he posted 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with 25 assists. He also remembers the days when the Hornets were the first NBA team to call Oklahoma home.

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