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Thunder Defeats FC Barcelona To Conclude Spanish Preseason Tour

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Two games in and the Thunder preseason isn’t short on drama, as Oklahoma City held on for a 92-89 win against FC Barcelona Lassa on Wednesday.

After losing in overtime in its preseason opener to Real Madrid, the Thunder needed a late comeback to defeat Barcelona. Enes Kanter led the way with 24 points including the go-ahead runner with a minute to go and Aleksandar Vezenkov missed a three from the right wing with 6.5 seconds left on Barcelona’s final possession.

Kanter also led the Thunder on the glass with 8 rebounds starting in place of Steven Adams, who rolled his ankle in the Real Madrid game. Russell Westbrook scored 12 with five assists in 21 minutes and Victor Oladipo added 10 on 3-of-8 shooting. Westbrook played sparingly in the third quarter and was held out of the fourth.

Rookie forward Domantas Sabonis scored 8 as did Andre Roberson and Joffrey Lauvergne. Ersan Ilyasova, Semaje Christon and Alex Abrines each had 6 points off the bench.

The 23-year-old rookie Abrines was going head-to-head with the team he played for the past four years.

Victor Claver scored 25 with four threes to lead Barcelona and Vezenkov had 13 off the bench. Ante Tomic had 10 points and six rebounds but was held scoreless in the second half.

The Thunder committed 25 turnovers and allowed Barcelona to shoot 14-of-31 from three-point range but gained defensive intensity in the second half. Victor Oladipo had a pair of monster blocks on former NBA-er Joey Dorsey and reserve Josh Huestis had a clutch block in the final minutes as well.

The win concludes the Thunder’s overseas tour as the team resumes preseason play in Dallas against the Mavericks on Oct. 11th. 

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