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Bojan Bogdanovic scores 19 vs. Thunder in Istanbul exhibition


Bojan Bogdanovic looked NBA-ready Saturday, scoring 19 points, second in the game to Kevin Durant, as the Thunder beat Fenerbahce, 95-82, in Istanbul, the start of the NBA Global Games ... and the NBA preseason.

Bogdanovic, who will be a free agent next summer, shot 4-of-10 overall, including 4-of-8 from deep and 7-of-8 from the line in 31 minutes. He also grabbed four rebounds. Fener coach Zeljko Obradovic had his shooting guard play mostly on the perimeter, although the Nets' 2011 pick showed a few post moves and quality passing.

Bogdanovic started out fast, with nine points in the first quarter, as Fener raced out to an early lead. At one point, he rose above the outstretched hands of Durant and drained a three from three feet behind the arc. But the Thunder tightened its defense and won easily. Durant finished with 24 points to lead all scorers. KD also provided Bogdanovic with a "Welcome to NBA" moment when he sliced down the lane and dunked over Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic, 24, has played almost non-stop since August, with 12 "friendly" games for Croatia leading up to the FIBA Eurobasket, then eight games in Eurobasket and three games in the Turkish Cup last week.  He also was involved in contract talks with Fener, which ended with him declining an extension.

In two exhibition games vs. NBA teams, Boston last October and Saturday, Bogdanovic has scored 30 points and is 1-1.