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Nets forward Kevin Durant sits against Oklahoma City

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant will rest against his former team, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2007.

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant rested against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Nets won without him Friday, 147-125.

Nets coach Steve Nash said he was protecting Durant, the league’s No. 2 scorer. Brooklyn made the move work — the team shot 57% from the field and scored a season-high point total. Nine Brooklyn players scored in double figures.

Nets coach Steve Nash said Durant has had a heavy workload lately and needed to rest. Durant played 42 minutes in a win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The injury report lists Durant’s reason for sitting as his continued recovery from the surgery on his right Achilles tendon that caused him to miss last season.

Durant ranks second in the league with 30.5 points per game this season, and he’s also posting 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per contest. The Nets visit the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

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