Thun­der at home in Philly

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Du­rant scores 26 points and grabs 10 re­bounds as Ok­la­homa City rolls past the Six­ers 111-93.

For three quar­ters, Kevin Du­rant put on quite a show for about 50 friends and fam­ily mem­bers who made the short trip up I-95 from his home­town of Wash­ing­ton.

There was no need to play for most of the fourth while his team­mates were adding to a big lead.

Du­rant had 26 points and 10 re­bounds, Jeff Green added 16 points and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der cruised to a111-93 victory over the Philadel­phia 76ers on Tues­day night.

“It’s big to see fans with the Ok­la­homa City jer­seys on,” Du­rant said. “I don’t care if it’s my jer­sey. I care about Ok­la­homa City jer­seys. I know a lot of the jer­seys were for me be­cause I had a lot of fam­ily here. It was ex­tra spe­cial to get a win here.”

Ne­nad Krstic added14 points and Rus­sell West­brook had 10 points and 14 as­sists for the Thun­der, 45-28, who swept the sea­son se­ries from Philadel­phia for the first time since 1998-99.

“We start ev­ery game with the same ap­proach, to have a se­ri­ous com­pet­i­tive ef­fort no mat­ter who we’re play­ing,” Thun­der coach Scott Brooks said.

James Har­den had 12 points and Serge Ibaka added 10 for Ok­la­homa City, which is near­ing its first play­off ap­pear­ance since 2004-05 — when the fran­chise was the Seat­tle Su­perSon­ics.

El­ton Brand scored 22 points, and An­dre Iguo­dala added 21 for the Six­ers.


North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller, who fin­ished with 12 points, helped carry the Tar Heels to a 68-67 over­time victory over Rhode Is­land and a spot in the NIT cham­pi­onship game.

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