Heading into their Monday night contest against the Phoenix Suns, the Chicago Bulls had won two games in a row and were looking to make it three. The Bulls were up by as many as 23 points in the third quarter, but the Suns fought back and made it a close game by the end of the night.
DeMar DeRozan tied the game at 113-113 with 23 seconds left in the game, but the Suns have some stars of their own. Kevin Durant got the ball running left and nailed a double-pump mid-range jump shot in between Patrick Williams and Alex Caruso, who tried desperately to contest it.
DeRozan had a chance to win the game with a wild running three-pointer at the end, but it didn’t fall, and the Suns picked up a 115-113 victory. After the game, Coby White had some high praise for Durant.
“Kevin Durant was Kevin Durant,” White said via ESPN. “Yeah — he’s tough.”
Durant ended the night with 43 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and two blocks while shooting 16-of-32 from the field and 6-of-15 from behind the three-point line.
As for White, he finished the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, and two steals while shooting 10-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc.
Phoenix just barely scraped out a win thanks largely in part to Durant’s impressive late-game performance. He scored 17 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter alone, shooting 7-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from distance in the final frame.