NBA -- Durant scored 44 in OKC's OT win over Suns
By Jehanne Chiong Baraquil
Fri, 02 Jan 2015
SAN FRANCISCO -- After missing a cluster of games with a sprained ankle, Kevin Durant returned triumphantly on Wednesday night and led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 137-134 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The reigning MVP made 13 of 23 field goals, 6 of 11 threes and 12-of-12 from the free throw line. the Thunder, who improved to 16-17 and moved to within 1.5 games oa playoffs berth in the Western Conference, outrebounded the Suns, 50-39.
Russell Westbrook played only 17 minutes and was ejected after collecting two technical fouls. He finished with 20 and four assists while Serge Ibaka tallied 15 and seven boards. Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"It felt good. My teammates were running plays for me and getting me open shots. I just tried to finish for them. My shots felt good and that win felt better," Durant told ESPN.
Eric Bledsoe was stellar with 29 points for the Suns, who shot 51.1 percent from the field (46 of 90). Markieff Morris logged 25 and Goran Dragic had 21 and eight assists.
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