Thunder win exhibition opener against Fenerbahçe in Istanbul
ISTANBUL - The Associated Press
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (R) shoots against Fenerbahce Ulker’s Linas Kleiza (L) during their NBA Global Games basketball game. REUTERS photoKevin Durant scored 24 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 95-82 victory over host Fenerbahçe on Saturday in the first game of the NBA exhibition season.
Durant added eight rebounds in the city where he was MVP of the world basketball championship in 2010, when he led the U.S. to the gold medal.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots for the Thunder. Reggie Jackson, starting at point guard while All-Star Russell Westbrook recovers from knee surgery, had nine points and five assists. The Thunder move to Manchester to play the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow. Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Nets draft pick, made four 3-points and scored 19 points for Fenerbahce.