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Hardin in town

Hardin in town
Thunder second-round pick DeVon Hardin was in attendance for the first time since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City. Hardin, who did not sign with the team after being selected 50th overall, was set to play overseas before sustaining a stress fracture in his left leg. Hardin, 6-foot-11, is hoping to be cleared soon by a doctor for more intense workouts.

Hardin is unsure whether he will be signed to an NBA contract next season or play overseas.

"I'm ready to join (the organization) whenever they're ready for me," Hardin said. "I've been following the team all year. We have a lot of work to do. I can't wait until I can get back on the court and do my part."


Kevin Durant scored 41 points, one shy of his career high. Durant was 15-of-27 from the field, including 6-of-10 on 3-pointers and 5-of-5 at the line. Nearly half of Durant's production (19 points) came in the fourth quarter as the Thunder tried to overcome a 21-point deficit.

"I'm proud of the effort (in the fourth quarter)," said coach Scott Brooks. "It wasn't a total throwaway. We did things well enough to win if we would have done them consistently throughout the game."


Warriors guard Kelenna Azubuike, who played at Tulsa Victory Christian, is averaging career bests in every category, including 31.4 minutes and 13.4 points. He requested more than 20 tickets for friends and relatives. The only other city he needs that many tickets is Denver, where he lives in the offseason.

"It's awesome that the state has a pro team now," Azubuike said. "I'm just trying to get better and better, be aggressive and become a more complete player each year. I'm working on becoming a passer and play better defense."


Veteran forward Nick Collison posted his third double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) this season after nearly having a double-double (14 points, eight rebounds) the previous game at Miami.

"My anticipation is getting better," Collison said. "I'm able to move quicker, anticipate when the ball is coming off (the rim) and where it's going to go. As the season goes on you find a little bit of a rhythm."


Joe Smith was in uniform Monday night but did not play as he continues to recover from a sore thigh. ... Johan Petro is battling a bruised left hand and was icing it before the game. ... Chris Wilcox played without a bulky knee brace for the first time since returning to the lineup in mid-November after a five-game absence. Wilcox, however, did wear a smaller brace. ... Wilcox had a solid game by avoiding foul trouble. He fouled out at Charlotte in only 24 minutes, picked up two quick fouls at Orlando and was limited to 23 minutes at Miami with four fouls.

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