Age finally catching up to Kevin Durant? Suns star has CAREER-WORST performance on milestone night
Kevin Durant's performance against the Suns has tongues wagging about his career
Kevin Durant (via Valley of the Suns)
At the Footprint Center last night, the Denver Nuggets triumphed over Kevin Durant’s Phoenix Suns with a thrilling 119-111 victory. Leading the charge was Jusuf Nurkić, who secured the top spot on the charts with 31 points, two assists, and six rebounds.
In the absence of Devin Booker, who was recovering from an ankle injury, the Suns’ star player, Kevin Durant, showcased an impressive performance. He notched 30 points, four rebounds, and 11 assists during the game. Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic contributed 21 points, 16 assists, and five rebounds.
A surprising turn in the match was Kevin Durant’s unexpected struggle in the second half. Going completely cold, he missed all 10 of his attempts, concluding the game with an 8-for-25 overall performance. Peyton Watson, filling in for the absent Aaron Gordon, was instrumental for the Nuggets, guarding Durant and compelling him into taking more challenging shots. Interestingly, a similar scenario unfolded in Game 2 in 2022 against the Celtics.
Currently holding the 6th position in the Western conference standings with an 11-8 record, the Suns aim to halt their two-game losing streak as they face the Memphis Grizzlies. Their aspiration is to secure a victory before heading into the quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament against the Lakers.
Kevin Durant makes NBA top 10 all-time scoring list
Despite being on the losing side against the Denver Nuggets last night, Kevin Durant, who boasts averages of 31.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists this season, made history. The Suns heavily depend on him this season due to injury challenges faced by co-stars Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.
Even at the age of 35, he demonstrated his prowess as one of the greatest shooters in the game by surpassing Moses Malone in the second quarter of the game against the Nuggets. Achieving this milestone with only 17 points needed, he currently holds 27,423 points scored in 1,003 games and 36,807 minutes played. Now, with Carmelo Anthony in his sights and having played fewer games than him, the pursuit of further milestones continues.
LeBron James, sitting atop the list with 39,124 points scored, sets a challenging mark for KD at 35. However, being one of the only top two active players in the top ten, it wouldn’t be wise to dismiss Durant’s potential to break into the top 5 before concluding his remarkable career.
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