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Kevin Durant praises attitude of returning Serge Ibaka

Kevin Durant #35 hugs Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after the game against the Phoenix Suns November 3, 2013
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Kevin Durant praises Serge Ibaka following his return from a calf injury in game three of the Western Conference finals.

Kevin Durant has claimed that Serge Ibaka's return from injury in the Western Conference finals has given him more respect for his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate.

Ibaka was expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a calf strain, but he returned to the court on Sunday to contribute 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a 106-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

"When you talk about a teammate, that's everything you want in a teammate," Durant told reporters. "I gained so much more respect for Serge for sacrificing himself for the team.

"Regardless of what happened tonight, that's something you want beside you."

The Thunder head into game four on Tuesday trailing the Spurs 2-1.

Kevin Durant #35 hugs Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after the game against the Phoenix Suns November 3, 2013
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