With 2:23 left in the Thunder's 102-90 victory at Phoenix on Monday night, three-time scoring champ Kevin Durant blew past Phoenix forward Michael Beasley at the top of the key. Suns center Marcin Gortat stepped in to help defensively and appeared ready to take a charge until a high-flying Durant threw down a tomahawk dunk, fell to the floor after being fouled and converted the three-point play.
“Well first of all, I was looking for my car keys under the basket,” Gortat said jokingly. “I was trying to find my car keys because I lost them over there so I was just looking for them. And Michael Beasley is going to get Krispy Kreme for the rest of the season for sure, from me. I mean it happens. The funny thing is that when (Kendrick) Perkins was standing under the basket he looked at me and I looked at him and he said, ‘I know how it feels.' He said, ‘Guards left you on the island, huh?' and I said, ‘Yeah.'
“Listen, it happens. I am not going to deny that was probably the top three dunks of the year. Right? I mean a least I am going to be out there. I mean, I am just going to try to be silly about it. I am not going to cry. It is just part of the game.”
Playfully asked to describe what happened on Durant's dunk, teammate Russell Westbrook deadpanned: “I was watching. That's it.”
A DURANT RISING
Many Phoenix fans at US Airways Center rose to their feet and applauded Durant's dunk.
What does it feel like to have even opposing fans react in such a manner?
“It feels really good, just for them to recognize an opposing team's good play,” Durant said. “People are just fans of the game, and that's good to see. I've seen a lot of Thunder fans out there as well, so that's encouraging, too.”
Durant (41) and Westbrook (36) combined for 77 points against the Suns.