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Kevin Durant has big return ruined by Anthony Davis and the Pelicans

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Kevin Durant made his long awaited return to action for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night but, while OKC fans were treated to 27 points from the reigning MVP, his comeback wasn't enough to lift the team to their sixth win of the season.

Going down 112-104 to the New Orleans Pelicans, it was Anthony Davis, along with teammates Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson, who played the role of party poopers in a game that highlighted the tough task that lies ahead for both KD and the Thunder.

Long time coming

With OKC posting a disappointing 5-12 record in his absence, Kevin Durant's return to the court was a much welcome boost for the franchise - coming just days after the return from injury of fellow superstar Russell Westbrook.

And with the Thunder's two main men on the court together for the first time this season they were able to run the Pelicans close. Coming up though against Anthony Davis, the man who currently looks most likely to snatch Durant's MVP title away from him, the Thunder were unable to register a win.

Pelican performers

Davis ended the game with 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and six steals and he, not Durant, was the subject of MVP chants in the final moments of Tuesday's win. Although the fact the game took place on the Pelicans' home court probably helped there.

Fellow Pelicans Jrue Holiday (23 points, 10 assists) and Ryan Anderson (23 points, 11 rebound) also registered double-doubles as the New Orleans team moved to a .500 record.

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"I just got to keep putting together good days and I'll keep getting back to where I want to be."

Comeback continues

As for Durant, he looked good for a player who has missed the opening 17 games of the 2014-15 season due to a fractured right foot.

Speaking after the game the Thunder's main man offered some insight into his first game back.

"I was confident in myself. I knew my mind wasn't where I wanted it to be, obviously, but I felt good out there," said Durant.

"I just got to keep putting together good days and I'll keep getting back to where I want to be."

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