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Oklahoma’s biggest sports star Durant donates $1m to relief efforts

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Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (AFP)

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (AFP)

Kevin Durant of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder has quietly given away a huge sum to the tornado relief effort in the state.

The man who finished second in the NBA's MVP voting to LeBron James has pledged $1 million through the The Durant Family Foundation to help those devastated by the damage.

The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened entire blocks of the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Durant only commented on his donation after it was revealed by the Red Cross of Oklahoma on Twitter.

"As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see," Durant told The Associated Press.

"I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. It’s unfortunate. We’re going to come together as a city like we always do and we’re going to bounce back," he added.

The NBA and the NBA Players Association will also contribute $1m to relief efforts and the Thunder are putting in another $1m in support.

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