NBA: Kevin Durant scores 23 in his Suns debut

NBA: Kevin Durant scores 23 in his Suns debut

Kevin Durant performed like no rust after not playing for two months of lay-off in the NBA as he scored 23 points to impress in Phoenix Suns debut.

Phoenix Suns defeated the Lamelo Ball-less Charlotte Hornets 105-91. Devin Booker scored 37 points to lead in all-scoring, while Deandre Ayton produced double-doubles of 16 points and 16 rebounds. Before the game, Durant was seen jumping in the Spectrum Center hallways, running onto the court to prepare for the anticipation from the fans. Follow for more NBA livescore news and updates here!

Now that Kevin Durant is on the Suns with point guard veteran Chris Paul and Devin Booker, with a talented young big man Deandre Ayton, they are now the strong favorite to win it all this season. “We don’t even talk about it because we’re not there,’ Suns Head Coach Monty Williams said before the game. “We’ve got way too much work to do and way too many things to do.”

Things went well in his debut – his presence added to the Championship contention of the Phoenix Suns. In total, Durant played a total of 26 minutes against Charlottes and recorded his first stats as a Suns player with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.  This is a positive thing to look forward to for the Phoenix fans that are still looking for their first championship.

Booker provided an all-around performance with 37 points alongside seven assists, and six rebounds. Chris Paul dishes out just two points but provided 11 assists in order to improve team play. On the losing side, Charlotte Hornet missed out the action of Lamelo Ball who suffered an apparent ankle injury. Kelly Oubre led the Charlotte Hornets in scoring with 26 points and nine rebounds. While Terry Rozier registered 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists in a loss. The Rookie Mark Williams flourished in his first starting five with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of action. 

Damian Lillard scores 71 points 

Dame Dolla set an NBA record in his best NBA game so far as he scored 71 points in just 39 minutes of action. He drilled 13 three-pointers to help Portland Trail Blazers defeat Houston Rockets 121-114.

He became the first player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in under 40 minutes of action, and just the eight player to hit that mark. He is also the only player on that Hall of Fame list to score 70 points over the age of 30. He tied Donovan Mitchel’s 71 points in the match between the Cavs and Chicago Bulls. 

“I enjoyed those moments in the game when I’m just going after people,” said the NBA All-Star during  the post-match interview. “That’s all it was tonight. I want to be in attack mode. I got it going and stayed aggressive.”

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