Kevin Durant is nothing short of a killer on the basketball court, as evidenced by his 35-point effort which helped his team to an overtime win over one of the league’s top teams.
But he was able to showcase his softer side at the same time.
With just over seven minutes to play in the third, Durant fired a cross-court pass that was too high and too fast for Thabo Sefolosha to bring down. The ball ended up drilling a fan sitting courtside, an elderly woman who likely didn’t even see it coming.
Without hesitation, Durant walked over to make sure she was OK, and gave her a kiss to let her know he was sorry.
As many times as we see these types of displays from Durant, they should never be taken for granted. He’s easily the most grounded and humble superstar in the game today, and actions like this are absolutely genuine and a reflection of who he is as a person.
There is no schtick, and no premeditation when Durant makes these gestures. He conducts himself off the court in the same way he does in the spotlight, and that’s truly a quality to be celebrated.
Boston’s Marcus Smart gets flopping warning from NBA
It happened on the game’s final play — you were probably focused elsewhere, wondering how Al Horford could miss the game-winning layup. But watch Smart as he gets in position for the rebound on that shot.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.
Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.
Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.
Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.
These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.
The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).