Suns Beat Timberwolves In Durant’s First Home Game
(CTN News) – Durant is a 13-time Suns All-Star, two-time NBA champion, four-time league scoring leader, and more.
Even he gets nervous on nights like Wednesday.
Phoenix Suns beat Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 with 29 points from Devin Booker and 16 points and eight rebounds from Kevin Durant.
A sellout crowd waited over a month for Durant to play a game in Phoenix after he was traded from Brooklyn. In the fourth quarter, he hit a couple of 3-pointers.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the game today, Durant said. ‘Sometimes you’re too eager and you rush out and act uncharacteristically.’
„I’m glad I’m back, I’m glad I’m playing again. I’m just going to build from here.”
With Durant in the lineup, the are 4-0. A four-game winning streak ended for the Timberwolves.
Suns and Wolves are fighting to stay in the top six so they don’t fall to play-ins. Coming into Wednesday, just three wins separated the Nos. 4-11.
Suns led 81-74 going into the fourth quarter.
At halftime, Durant changed his shoes.
Suns coach Monty Williams said he battled both ends. His cardio has to get back to where he wants it. Kevin will be back to himself once he gets that.”
Phoenix got 19 points and six assists from Chris Paul.
With 31 points, Anthony Edwards led Minnesota. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25.
This was Durant’s first game since March 5. In the pregame warmup for his first home game with the, he sprained his left ankle. It cost him 10 games.
Adding Durant after a blockbuster trade-deadline deal that sent Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and draft picks back to the Nets seemed like a bad omen for the Suns.
Despite that, Phoenix held its own in the standings. His second home debut went much better, even though his shooting wasn’t great.
At halftime, the Timberwolves led 51-48. He hit four 3-pointers for 20 points. With 12 points, Booker led the Suns.
Suns’ 27-12 free throw advantage irritated Timberwolves – especially Rudy Gobert.
I’ve been in this league for 10 years and I’m always willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but it’s hard to believe they’re not trying to help (the Suns) win tonight.
I can’t believe they didn’t try to win the Warriors or Sacramento Kings. There’s no doubt about it. This is disrespectful to me since I’ve been here so long.”
Here’s some tips
Taurean Prince and Matt Ryan both missed the game with illness. There were 15 rebounds for Rudy Gobert.
The Suns sold out their 63rd straight game. Bismack Biyombo and Deandre Ayton both blocked three shots. Cam Payne had 11 points off the bench on 5 of 10 shooting.
Here’s what’s coming up
On Friday night, the Timberwolves host the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Friday, the Suns play Denver.
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