PHOENIX — Kevin Durant put on a show.
Scoring 46 points, the most in any NBA All-Star Game event, Durant led the sophomores to a 122-116 win over the rookies Friday night at U.S. Airways Center.
"I approached this just like a regular game,” Durant said.
"I just wanted to go out there, have fun and be myself.”
Draining 17 of 25 shots, including six rim-rattling dunks and four 3-pointers, Durant surpassed Amare Stoudemire (36 points) and LeBron James (33) for most points in the game’s 10-year history.
"He’ll be playing on Sunday next year (in the All-Star game),” said TNT analyst Kenny Smith. "He’s like a guard. He’s a freak of nature. He has a lot of talent. Things come easy for him on the offensive end.”
Asked if he was disappointed not to be playing Sunday, Durant said: "I just came into the year wanting to work hard. If the All-Star comes up, it does. I’ll wait my turn.”
All three Thunder players fared well.
Jeff Green scored 13 points, highlighted by a last-second, 30-footer before the halftime buzzer. Russell Westbrook scored 12 points for the rookies, who led by double digits but lost for the seventh consecutive year.
Durant will compete this afternoon in the inaugural H-O-R-S-E competition.
"I haven’t practiced any shots, yet,” Durant said. "I’m just going to go out there and let it fly.”