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Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to the lineup for Saturday’s contest in Philadelphia. And by the looks of things, he was feeling just fine.

Durant notched his fifth career triple-double by finishing with 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting, to go along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists, while playing 44 minutes in the Thunder’s 103-91 victory.

“I hate sitting out,” Durant said afterward, “but it was best for me and my shoulder. I guess that day off was needed.”

Durant also extended his streak of games where he’s scored at last 30 points to 10 straight, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He’s now tied for the most consecutive 30-point performances over the last 10 years with some guys named Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, and will have a chance to stand alone at the top of that list when the Thunder host the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 27.

  1. tampajoey - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    KD is a stud. Clearly the MVP this season so far.

    • pharohislife - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      Last week Ice Cube messed around and got a Triple-Double but still continues to fly under the radar in the MVP Discussion.

  2. kb2408 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Soon he’s going to start getting the “Kobe treatment”….fans on the road chanting MVP, MVP for him in the 4th quarter of games. KD is the clear cut MVP this season. What he is doing without Westbrook in the lineup is quite remarkable.The truly great players often times get noticeably better from one season to the next. That is exactly what KD has done. He is a much more complete player this season then he was last season. He is no longer just a scorer.

  3. zerole00 - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Is it just me or does it seem like KD’s one of the few “superstars” who doesn’t actually travel when he goes for a dunk?

  4. davidly - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Insane numbers aside, he simply has the sweetest looking game, something that gets overlooked when talking about a potential heir to Air J.

  5. brahin9 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Seeing how KD took some heat last year for not performing well enough during Westbrook’s absence last year in the playoffs which I think were a little far fetched. KD has played incredible this year. Players like KD really separate themselves to other so called “superstar” players. To go out the way they did last year, with another trip to the finals expected, he has played absolutely lights out his year. Really looking forward to see him play come April. It should be fun to watch.

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