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Kevin Durant withdraws from Team USA for World Cup

Larry Fine Kevin Durant will not play for the U.S. team defending their title at this month's Basketball World Cup due to mental and physical exhaustion, the NBA most valuable player said.

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Kevin Durant deflects Washington Wizards chatter, but leaves D.C. door open

In demand: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant during game one of the Western Conference Final.

Michael Lee Kevin Durant understands that questions about his future are unavoidable. His contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder has an expiration date in 2016 and he will be the most in-demand free agent, with...

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Kevin Durant the NBA MVP but faces battle to be undisputed champion

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Paul Suttor Kevin Durant will deservedly be judged the NBA's most valuable player this season but the jury is still out on whether he can be the best.

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Kevin Durant wins NBA MVP award

Sam Amick Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, as expected, is the NBA's 2013-14 MVP.

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Double Dribble: LeBron James needs to forget about MVP race with Kevin Durant

Paul Suttor LeBron James is on track to surrender his MVP award - and it could be the best thing for his career and the misfiring Miami Heat.

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NBA: Kevin Durant stars as Thunder blaze past Portland

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) smiles after hitting a basket in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kevin Durant dropped in 11 of his 46 points in a late fourth-quarter run as Oklahoma City Thunder stormed past the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 and secured a fourth straight NBA victory.

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NBA: Kevin Durant streak ends after sitting final quarter of Thunder's thrashing of Nets

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, moves around Brooklyn Nets' Shaun Livingston during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Kevin Durant's 30-point streak has ended at 12 games as he scored 26 in just 30 minutes, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 10th in a row with a 120-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

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NBA: Kevin Durant tightens grip on LeBron James' MVP trophy as Thunder beat Heat

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) puts pressure on Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth period of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The Thunder won 112-95. (AP PhotoAlan Diaz)

LeBron James won the last two MVP awards but his grip on the trophy could be slipping after Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Miami Heat 112-95 on Wednesday.

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NBA: Kevin Durant drops 41 as Thunder too strong for New York Knicks

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is fouled by New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) while shooting in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Oklahoma City won 112-100. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Paul Levine The match-up between NBA top scorers, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, turned out to be a mismatch.

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LeBron James v Kevin Durant rivalry a highlight of NBA All Star game

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15:  NBA Players Kevin Durant (L) and LeBron James attend GQ & LeBron James NBA All Star Party Sponsored By Samsung Galaxy And Beats at Ogden Museum's Patrick F. Taylor Library on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for GQ)

Scott Cacciola After 45 minutes' worth of pregame festivities that included a concert, an appearance by Snoop Dogg, streamers that fell from the ceiling and player introductions, LeBron James finally christened the...

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Kevin Durant pilots Oklahoma City win

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NBA scoring leader produces a game high of 34 points and 12 rebounds.

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NBA: Kevin Durant must step up for Oklahoma City Thunder while Russell Westbrook is out

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Beckley Mason With the Oklahoma City Thunder being without point guard Russell Westbrook until mid-February after undergoing his third operation in a year on his right knee, Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer,...

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LeBron James sticks nose into Kevin Durant's MVP party

Miami Heat forward LeBron James celebrates a teammate's 3-pointer in the final minute of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Dallas. James scored 42 points in the 117-106 Heat win. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Sam Amick Before the Miami Heat's regular-season revenge was even over, you just knew the narrative that surrounds the Oklahoma City Thunder would be swirling and growing like a twisters rolling through the...

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NBA: Kevin Durant scores 54 as Oklahoma City Thunder shoot past Golden State Warriors

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant flips on his head after being fouled by Houston Rockets' Aaron Brooks during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

In a day of key games for the top NBA teams in the West, Oklahoma City beat Golden State 127-121 with Kevin Durant scoring a career-high 54 points.

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Kevin Durant stars as Oklahoma City Thunder beat Toronto Raptors in double overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was close to unstoppable against Toronto.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder stretched their winning streak to three games with a 119-118 double-overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Team USA rout Serbia to win basketball World Cup

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The United States retained their basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to beat the tournament's surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

Team USA pay tribute to Paul George after FIBA World Cup win

MVP: Kyrie Irving drives to the basket against Serbia.

Sam Amick As Kyrie Irving waited to walk outside the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad doors late Sunday night, hordes of screaming fans and a rumbling bus both demanding his presence, he was well aware of...

Team USA beats Lithuania in basketball World Cup

US guard Kyrie Irving rounds Sarunas Vasiliauskas.

Tim Hanlon Holders United States showed no sign of missing their top players as they breezed into the basketball World Cup final with a commanding 96-68 win over Lithuania on Thursday.

NBA schedule pits San Antonio Spurs against Dallas Mavericks to launch 2014-15 season

Defending champions: Ageless veteran Tim Duncan and his San Antonio Spurs will open their season against Dallas.

Mark Lamport-Stokes Tim Duncan and the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs will host the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 28 as part of a triple-header to launch the 2014-15 season, the National Basketball Association (NBA)...

Derrick Rose makes triumphant return as Team USA rout Brazil

Back in the groove: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose distributes for Team USA against Brazil.

Nancy Armour Derrick Rose drove the length of the court and banked a one-handed lay-up in off the glass as the United Centre crowd let out a roar.