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    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:04 AM
                                                                                                        Posted by ZACK        
 
                                     While New York City couldn't get enough of Kevin Durant's Rucker Park
                                     highlights on Tuesday, John Lucas III seethed. He was in too many of them,
                                     one of the players the NBA superstar effortlessly hung 66 on in the memorable
                                     scoring ...


                                      




    Kevin Durant
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:04 AM
                                                                                                        Posted by ZACK
 
                                                              “I slept all day to be ready for tonight,” he said of the
    rematch at Nike Pro City on Tuesday night. “It treated it like an NBA playoff game. It sparked me, seeing all
    that stuff [on the internet].”


    Lucas, the former Oklahoma State star who has bounced around the NBA and now plays for the Chicago
    Bulls, wasn’t in the background Tuesday night as Durant continued his New York City streetball tour at Nike
    Pro City at Baruch College. He was the co-star, putting on his own breathtaking performance – 60 points on
    22-of-41 shooting for Big Apple Basketball – in a 146-143 overtime loss.


    Durant, of course, was still the main attraction. The Lower Manhattan gym was packed beyond belief in
    anticipation of the reigning NBA scoring champion. A few hundred fans were turned away, in fact, just hoping
    to catch a glimpse of the 6-foot-9 wing in action. Though he didn’t shoot nearly as well as he did at Rucker
    Park against far inferior competition, Durant was most responsible for the thrilling victory.


    “It’s bittersweet,” Curry said. “From an entertainment standpoint, it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately for us, we
    needed this win to get in the playoffs. Now we’re eliminated.”


    He scored 41 points for The Franchise, including an overtime-forcing 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds remaining.
    In the extra session, he gave The Franchise the early lead, setting up former Rice and Seton Hall standout
    Andre Barrett for an uncontested trifecta and extending a one-point lead to three with 3.7 seconds left on a
    short jumper.


    Before the contest, Durant raved about the experience at the Rucker. Joining NBA greats such as Wilt
    Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant, Durant gave the standing-
    only crowd memories they may never forget.


    “I can scratch that off my bucket list,” he said. “I always wanted to play at Rucker Park. One of the best times I
    ever had in my life.”


    Tuesday was different. Durant was one of five players – Sundiata Gaines, Barrett, Roy Hibbert and Lucas –
    that are either in the NBA or have played there before. His shots were contested and he was bodied when he
    put the ball on the floor. He even had his shot blocked once. The opposition wasn’t ready to lay down, even
    after getting off to a slow start. Lucas made sure of that, wowing the capacity crowd with a series of fearless
    drives, 3-pointers and running one-handers.


    Durant, even, was part of the impressed audience. His team, after all, was the stronger unit. Lucas, however,
    was arguably the most impressive player on the court.


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