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Kevin Durant insists there are no problems at the Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Oklahoma City Thunder made it two consecutive wins on Wednesday night as they produced and impressive performance to see off Eastern Conference contenders the Boston Celtics. 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 52 points at TD Garden as the Thunder started their three-game East Coast road trip with a 130-109 win. 

The 2014 MVP will be the biggest name in free agency if he decides to test the waters this summer and the rumours have been flying around about what he will do once his current contract expires. 

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People are trying their damnedest to find issues in Oklahoma City, but following the win over the Celtics, Durant insisted there were absolutely no chemistry issues within the franchise. 

As per Yahoo Sports, he said: “Look, we like each other. We like playing with each other. We like being around each other. Sometimes it comes down to basketball. Sometimes, X’s and O’s are the reason you lose games.

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"It’s not always leadership issues or camaraderie issues; sometimes other teams just play better basketball than you. But we love each other.”

Durant has failed to land a championship ring despite boasting some of the best personal averages in the NBA throughout his career. An appearance in the 2012 Finals is the closest he came to getting his hands on the Larry O'Brien trophy but the Thunder were seen off 4-1 by the Miami Heat having won the opening game. 

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The 27-year-old has a task on his hands if his team are to overcome the likes of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs to even reach the finals, but Durant appears to be relaxed about the challenge ahead. 

“I think I’m playing a little more free than I used to. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself. I’d think, ‘Maybe I’m not being a good enough leader. Maybe I should change my personality.’

"I was always thinking what if I change this, what if I change that, instead of just going out and being me. I’ve just been about playing the game at the level I like playing at and playing with the level of joy I like playing with.

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After an injury-ravaged 2014-15 campaign that saw the Thunder miss out on the playoffs, Durant has returned with a bang and is averaging 28 points and 8.2 rebounds per 36 minutes of action and is shooting 50.5 percent from the field. 

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NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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