Kevin Durant followed up his 66-point performance Monday night at New York’s heralded Rucker Park with a 41-point effort Tuesday night a little farther downtown in Manhattan.
But the star of the NYC summer game, as NBA players continue to play hoops wherever they can during the lockout, was Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III, who rang up 60 at Baruch College in what was, at times, a head-to-head battle with Durant.
“Should be broadcasted by everybody,” Durant said of Lucas’ highlights. Video of his 66-point effort went rival Tuesday and, so far, the video from last night is Durant-centric — not that that’s a bad thing. “Everybody should know. The way he played was unbelievable. He got it easier tonight than I got it last night. He had a hell of a game.”
@Luke1luk my man threw 60 in the bag easy...good work lastnight brother
Lucas shot 22-for-41 from the field, 10-of-11 from the free-throw line , with 6-of-19 three-pointers and four assists. He wasn’t, he swore, trying to one-up Durant.
“Nah, I was just playing ball,” Lucas said. ”Kevin's a scorer. I can't compete with him on the scoring tip. He's 6-9. In a real game, this is what he do. He gets buckets.
“Me? I run the team, orchestrate the team and just make sure I knock down open shots. I'm not going to come down and do what I was doing tonight in a real game. It's summertime. It's all fun and games, but it kind of got competitive. He'd come bucket and say something to me. I'd come at him and say something to him. It was all for fun.”
Durant’s line: 9-of-29 field-goal shooting, 2-of-12 three-pointers, 21-of-23 free throws.
Man that game was crazy tonight