Kevin Durant scores 26 in Thunder rout after one-game absence

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder forward Kevin Durant returned Wednesday night in a 112-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies after sitting out Oklahoma City's game Monday night against Sacramento because of a sprained right big toe.

Durant scored a game-high 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting. He also corralled 17 rebounds.

Durant began the day as the NBA's No. 3 scorer and broke loose for 17 points in the second half on 7-for-8 shooting. He played 33 minutes and appeared to have no problems with mobility.

Without him on Monday, the Thunder lost 116-104 to the Kings.

Durant, the 2013-14 MVP, missed most of last season with a broken bone in his right foot that required three surgeries, but he since has returned to his previous form. He was named co-Western Conference player of the month with teammate Russell Westbrook this week.

Durant helped the Thunder go 12-3 in December, scoring 20 or more points in all 15 games. He averaged 24.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists and shot 50.8 percent from the field for the month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.