Kevin Durant is a member of the phoenix suns, and all is well in the Valley of the Sun.
The 13-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion He made his Suns debut Wednesday night, scoring 23 points in a 105-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
In his first game since early January, Durant shot 10-for-15 from the field, adding six rebounds in 27 minutes as Phoenix never trailed.
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«I feel like I’m a pretty good fit,» Durant said. «Everyone was trying to make me as comfortable as possible. I just have to keep riding it, man.»
Phoenix acquired Durant in a blockbuster trade ahead of the NBA deadline, with the Suns sending Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder and four future unprotected first-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets.
The paired movement Durant with Chris PaulDevin Booker and Deandre Ayton, instantly upping the Suns’ NBA Finals odds.
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Booker, who scored 37 points against the Hornets on Wednesday, was almost in awe of Durant’s play.
«This is one of those moments that doesn’t really feel real,» Booker said, according to ESPN. «I mean, it’s just that every time he throws the ball, it’s so easy. You can see defenders doing everything they can to contest or fight for a screen, and he just doesn’t look upset, unfazed.»
Phoenix entered the night in fourth place in the Western Conference standings but could be in a race as the regular season wraps up.
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The addition of Durant combines with the recent return of Booker, who missed a month and a half with a groin injury sustained on Christmas Day, setting Phoenix up for a strong finish to the regular-season schedule.
«It’s great to be able to give the guy the ball, and he could step into his spot and get a really good shot,» Suns head coach Monty Williams said. «I thought the team was feeding off of him being himself tonight.»
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Hornets.
Associated Press contributed to this report