NEW YORK — The way Kevin Durant is lighting up summer leagues in New York City, he may not want to leave American soil anytime soon.
Durant went mano-a-mano with Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III, who scored 60 points on 22-of-41 shooting in a losing effort. “Everybody should know,” Durant said. “The way he played was unbelievable. He got it easier than I got [Monday] night. My 60 last night, he got an easier 60 than I did. He had a hell of a game.” Said Big Apple coach Jason Curry: “Obviously, everybody came to see Durant, but John Lucas showed that just from a sheer entertainment standpoint and skill level, he really let the fans go home knowing it was a really mano-a-mano matchup.” Lucas was competing for a playoff bid, but came up short. After struggling through much of the second half, Durant hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 137 with 5.7 seconds in regulation. The game featured several NBA players, including Durant’s teammates Roy Hibbert and Sundiata Gaines. “It wasn’t just the Kevin Durant Show,” Curry said. “This game it was a lot of high-caliber players, a lot of NBA players.” The 5-11 Lucas has now lost to Durant on back-to-back nights, having fallen in the Rucker game, too. “I played against him so I witnessed and I was also a victim of all those shots he was shooting from halfcourt,” Lucas III said. “I told [Durant Monday] I was going to sleep all day and get ready for tonight because we needed to win this game,” said Lucas III, who once scored 75 points in a high school game. I was going to come out there and play my hardest. I made myself feel like I was in a playoff game, an NBA game.” As for possibly going overseas, Lucas III said he’s considering it, too. “Wherever, just as long as I’m playing basketball, that’s all I care about,” he said. “At the end of the day everybody has to take care of their family so everybody got to look out for them self.”