It clearly wasn't one of Durant's better shooting performances. He made just 26 of 62 shots — including many dunks — but was only 8 of 32 from 3-point range. He missed a baseline jumper at the end of regulation that forced overtime where Crawford's team pulled out a 147-141 win. Crawford finished with 46 points.
But the final score or Durant's stat line didn't matter in the bigger picture of a city still trying to reclaim its NBA identity. Fans were
“It's huge. Seattle feels like he was stolen from us. He's arguably the second-best player in the NBA, some say he's the first, so for us to get to see him up close and personal again; it was special for me to get to play with him,” said Will Conroy, a Seattle native who has bounced around in the D-League with a few NBA stints. “I overpassed it to him like 10 times, but I didn't care. It was special. Even me, I couldn't sleep last night. I was excited.”
Durant was mostly matched up against Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards but he took on whoever stood in his way, including Shaqquan Aaron, a high school standout in Seattle. Aaron played pretty good defense on Durant, but the NBA star still got the foul call from the officials.
“He was trying to go at me his hardest,” Aaron said. “If he was guarding me I would have went at him too.”