Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/18/11
DALLAS (AP) -- While competitors like the defending champion Dallas Mavericks have altered their rotations, the Oklahoma City Thunder is standing pat. Kevin Durant scored 21 points and reserve James Harden added 16 to lead the Thunder to a 106-92 victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams. The Thunder reached the Western Conference finals last season before falling in five games to the Mavericks. Oklahoma City has kept its young rotation intact, and the Thunder expects a smooth transition into the regular season. "It should help a lot as far as chemistry is concerned," said Durant, the NBA scoring leader last season at 27.7 points per game, whose aggressive play led to a 13-for-14 night from the free throw line. "We've been together for a while. We know each other's games. Hopefully, our young legs push us through it." Oklahoma City went 31 for 55 from the field and 10 for 21 from beyond the 3-point line to help negate 25 turnove...
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