Kevin Durant: 'We showed a lot of toughness' against Suns

Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant says Thunder showed "toughness" in 107-97 preseason win over the Phoenix Suns in Tulsa.

From start to finish, it seems the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't even take a preseason game lightly. In front of a sold out BOK Center in Tulsa, the Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns, 107-97, Friday night. The Thunder jumped out to a 24-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to 11 offensive rebounds. As things got close in the third quarter, guard DeAndre Liggins scrambled for a loose ball, tipped it to Russell Westbrook who found Serge Ibaka for a dunk. Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he's excited about the team's hustle and ball movement this preseason, via the Thunder's team website:

"We showed a lot (of toughness). We kind of turned it up a little bit on the defensive end, but we got good shots. We didn't knock some of them down, but we're moving the ball really well. I'm excited about that. We're going to come out and play hard and scrappy for 48 minutes. We have guys that are going to do that so we just have to continue getting better."

The Thunder used a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Guard Russell Westbrook said he was also pleased with the ball movement, explaining that it's something the team has keyed in on during training camp. The Thunder have three games left in preseason, the next coming in Oklahoma City against the Denver Nuggets Sunday night.

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