Thunder at home in Philly
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.