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Thunder Wins First Preseason Game In Istanbul

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were far from perfect Saturday but came out with a 95-82 win over Fenerbahce Ulker in the team's preseason opener.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points and eight rebounds, hitting 9-of-18 shots from the field.

Serge Ibaka was the only other Thunder player in double figures with 15 points. Ibaka also grabbed six rebounds and had four blocks.

The Thunder got several encouraging performances from the young players on the roster, including nine points, five rebounds and four assists from Jeremy Lamb. First round draft pick Steven Adams chipped in with seven points and six rebounds, and Andre Roberson had four points and six boards in 12 minutes.

The Thunder struggled out of the gate, falling behind by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, and nine points in the second quarter before mounting a 20-5 charge at the end of the half to take the lead for good.

Fenerbahce Ulker drew within two points with five minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Oklahoma City went on another big run to extend the lead to double digits to effectively put the game out of reach.

The Thunder will take on Philadelphia on Tuesday at 2 p.m. CST in its next preseason game in Manchester, England.

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