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Kevin Durant receives roaring ovation in first appearance at the Oracle Arena since signing for the Warriors

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On Sunday evening at the Staples Center, Kevin Durant was showered in boos as Team USA took to the court to face China in a warm-up match for the forthcoming Olympic games.

Two days later, this time on the court he now calls his home floor, Durant was welcomed like a son of Oakland and received deafening cheers.

Team USA dismantled China at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday night 107-57 and Durant played his first game in the Bay Area since signing for the Golden State Warriors. He went on to grab 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

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If the fans in L.A. on Sunday wanted to let him know that he had sold out, the fans in Oakland had a polar opposite agenda.

The crowd roared for more than 15 seconds when Durant's name as announced over the speaker, before finally getting interrupted by DeAndre Jordan's name ringing out.

KD clearly appreciated the support, but the warm reception he has received from his new teammates has been just as vital.

"They know that decision I made, how stressful that time was," Durant said of his new teammates. "Just trying to make me feel comfortable, and I appreciate them for that, and it's just a testament to who they are as people - being great teammates already, man. So I'm looking forward to a great season."

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However, it was still strange to the 2014 MVP that the crowd made such a statement for a man who is yet to officially don the Warriors jersey, but he appreciated it all the same.

"It felt a little weird for these fans to be cheering me on like that," Durant said of the reception. "Obviously, being somewhere for so long and then making the change, but it felt great. I appreciate all the basketball fans who come and enjoy us playing.

"It was cool, man. It was different. Obviously, it's going to be different. The vibes were great, everybody showed me major love, showed the team major love, so it was fun."

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Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
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Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
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