Kevin Durant is a scorer in a true sense of the word. The man can get buckets in virtually every way imaginable, including by using every part of the basket to get a shot to go down, as he did while converting this and-1 play in the third quarter of his team’s loss in Minnesota on Thursday.
Durant drives left, before crashing into Luke Ridnour who was trying to get in place to draw a charge. The officials ruled he got there late, and Durant fought through the contact to force the shot up, one that found its way through the hoop for two after rolling along the top of the backboard first.
Incredible shot from Durant, but I couldn’t help but think about how that would have went down at the pickup ball level. I don’t know about you, but not everyone I regularly play with has a great grasp of the rules on plays like these, and this would have been an argument of no less than 15 minutes as the two teams tried to figure out if this shot should have indeed counted, as dictated by the official rules of the game.
The time off during the All-Star break did Dwyane Wade some good.
The Bulls guard turned back the clock on Friday night, leading the Bulls with 23 points and topping it off with this dunk that proved to be the dagger, sealing a Chicago win. The Suns were convinced Wade was going to run the shot clock way down before making his move and they lollygagged into position — so he just blew past everyone for the poster slam.
With a couple of minutes left to go in the second quarter, Isaiah Thomas made the steal when DeMar DeRozan lost the ball on a drive, and Thomas was off to the races. Trying to prevent a lay-up, Carroll decided to foul Thomas far from the basket, but did so with a forearm shove that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground.
When Stephen Curry wore a headband through the All-Star Game last weekend, West coach Steve Kerr jokingly called him “Seth” all night.
Dallas’ Seth Curry came out of the week-long break playing like an All-Star. He dropped 31 on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, a career high for him. He hit 13-of-17 from the field, including three from beyond the arc, but did a lot of his damage in the midrange.
LOS ANGELES (AP) —Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points despite foul trouble and the San Antonio Spurs shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points for the Clippers, who have dropped consecutive games to the league’s two winningest teams since the All-Star break ended. They lost by 10 points at Golden State a night earlier. The Spurs have the league’s second-best record at 44-13.
Chris Paul added 17 points in his return after missing five weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.