DALLAS – Kevin Durant knows what’s awaiting him Wednesday when he makes his Suns home debut against Oklahoma City at Footprint Center.
“I’m glad I was able to get a couple on the road to get my feet wet ’cause I know it’s going to be loud in there,” Durant said after Sunday’s win at Dallas. “Looking forward to our fans. I know they can’t wait to see us out on the floor.”
Durant made his Suns debut Wednesday at Charlotte. The Suns improved to 3-0 with him on the floor Sunday as he hit the game winner with 12.4 seconds left against the Mavs.
“The calmness that he has in those moment was the thing I was aware of,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Everybody else is kind of frantic in those moments.”
Going left, Durant rose up over Tim Hardaway Jr., who was boding him, and knocked down his patent midrange jumper.
“After he passed out of the double team, I thought we had another chance to double team him again, but the got to his shot,” Mavericks All-Star Kyrie Irving said about his former Nets teammate kicking the ball right to Ish Wainright, who passed it right back to him.
Irving was in trail position on the play when Durant scored.
“That’s what great players do in our league,” Irving continued. “You’ve got to tip your hat off to him.”
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Durant finished with a game-high 37 points in 40 minutes on 12-of-17 shooting.
“We threw as many bodies as we could,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought the physicality was really good. Again, you’re talking about one of best players in the world. We made it as tough as possible there throughout the game. He was off his minute restriction. He played a little more minutes.”
Suns coach Monty Williams had Durant on a minute restriction in his Suns debut as he played 27 minutes at Charlotte. Durant then played 30 minutes Friday at Chicago.
He played a little bit more Sunday.
“I didn’t look over to Monty on purpose,” Durant said. “I wanted to keep playing, but I’m glad he trusted me out there. Glad the training staff trusted me. Hopefully we can build on this from here.”
In his three games with Phoenix, the two-time finals MVP is averaging 26.7 points on a ridiculous 69% shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 blocks.
“The things he’s showing us, I’ve never seen,” Suns big Deandre Ayton said. “As we go along, I’m just learning and actually seeing what the whole world has seen before he got here.”
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