Phoenix Suns’ Kevin Durant Climbs Up Scoring List In Win Against Trail Blazers


On Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns defeated the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 120-107 thanks to 31 points, 9 assists, and 28 points from Devin Booker.

With 27,331 points in his 1,000th career game, Durant climbed to 11th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Elvin Hayes, a Hall of Famer with 27,313 points from 1968 to 1984, was surpassed by Durant.

The Trail Blazers, who have now lost eight straight games, were led by Jerami Grant, who scored 26 points.

For the first time since the Suns traded Deandre Ayton to Portland as part of the three-team trade that sent Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks, Ayton was on the court in Phoenix. The former first-overall pick in the draft was up to eight rebounds and eight points.

Two of the Phoenix players involved in the trade had double-digit scoring efforts. Nassir Little scored 13 points, while Jusuf Nurkic finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocked shots.

Malcolm Brogdon of Portland scored 19 points in 25 minutes despite missing five games in a row due to a hamstring injury.

The NBA in-season tournament included the game. The Trail Blazers finished 1-3 in West Group A, while Phoenix improved to 2-1.

The Suns won their fourth straight game while making 56.6 percent of their shots, including 7 of 17 from 3-point range.

The Trail Blazers were 14 of 31 from behind the arc and made 43.7 percent of their attempts.

Portland closed the gap to 94-87 with an 11-0 run that included the first five points of the last quarter. Nevertheless, with 6:04 left, Nurkic’s 3-pointer gave Phoenix a 113-97 lead.

Afterward, the Trail Blazers got to within nine points before the Suns won it all. With 1:39 remaining, Booker scored four points in a row, and Eric Gordon added a 3-pointer to make the score 120-104.

Durant made 6 of 6 shots in the first quarter to score 14 points. He passed Hayes with a basket with 2:58 left in the game.

Phoenix took a 34-21 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended it to 17 points early in the second. But with 6:07 remaining, Brogdon drained his third three-pointer in 74 seconds to tie the game at 42, sparking a 21-4 run by the Trail Blazers.

With 38 points from 15 of 24 shots in the third quarter, the Suns extended their lead to 56-51 at the half. With 1:29 remaining, Durant’s layup stretched the lead to 94-76.