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Thunder fans fired up for Durant's return

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/02/2017 Cliff Brunt

Hours before Kevin Durant was to play in Oklahoma City for the first time as a visitor, some Thunder fans were already gathered around Chesapeake Energy Arena, showing their contempt for the man who left as a NBA free agent last summer and joined the rival Golden State Warriors.

Brady Cox of Newcastle, Oklahoma, stood outside the arena wearing a blue Durant jersey that had the word 'Traitor' duck taped under the No.35 on the front ahead of Saturday's (Sunday AEDT) match.

He held a sign with 'Mr Unreliable' at the top, referencing a headline that The Oklahoman ran above a photo of Durant during the 2014 playoffs and later apologised for.

"When they first came out with Mr Unreliable, I was very upset," he said.

"I thought, 'That's nothing like KD.' A few years later, I'm upset again. I'm like, 'How could he do this to us?"'

Durant said before the game he didn't expect a warm reception. He knows how passionate the fans are, and they are part of why he has such fond memories of Oklahoma City.

"I know fans are loud, especially here. Just try not to think about it and go out there and play. Once the ball is tipped up, just go out there and play the game," he said.

Another Thunder fan wearing an orange Russell Westbrook shirt held a sign that said 'KOWARD" with the K and the D in orange and the rest of the letters in blue.

Still, many fans have fond memories of Durant's time in Oklahoma City.

He won the 2014 MVP award, was a four-time scoring champion, led the team to the NBA Finals in 2012 and is a member of the state's Hall of Fame.

In earlier action, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Charlotte 107-102.

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