Kevin Durant Scores 63 Points in Seattle Pro-Am (VIDEO)
KD puts on a show in The Emerald City.
As promised, Kevin Durant returned to Seattle this weekend, and the OKC Thunder superstar put on a show. KD missed the potential game-winning bucket, but he finished with 63 points (on a ridiculous 62 shot attempts), and sent home the basketball-starved fans of Seattle happy. Per the Seattle Times and AP: “The crowd overflowed out of Royal Brougham Pavilion and snaked around the corner onto Nickerson Street. When Durant walked through a side door, the place went bonkers. And when he stepped on the court, the crowd of 3,000 greeted him with a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. ‘I’ve never seen anything like that,’ said former Washington standout guard Will Conroy, who teamed with Durant during the game. ‘Only Kevin Durant could do something like this in Seattle. Seriously. People wouldn’t come out like this and show this type of love for LeBron or Kobe. Not here. This just shows what he meant and what he still means to this city.’ [...] ‘I’ve had a fun time here in Seattle,’ Durant told the crowd while holding the microphone at midcourt. ‘I miss you guys. Thank you for the warm welcome, man. I can’t wait to come back. Thank you. I appreciate it.’ After the game, he sat in the back seat of a Cadillac Escalade parked outside the arena, posing for pictures and signing autographs from hundreds of fans — mostly kids — who surrounded his car. [...] The league organized by (Jamal) Crawford has seen its share of special guest appearances in the past and there are even rumors of a Blake Griffin appearance in the coming weeks. But nothing might top Durant, considering the circumstances of how he left and how Seattle remains important to him. Durant has been seen before in hats representing Seattle, including a retro SuperSonics hat during this year’s NBA playoffs. Durant reached out to Crawford to try and figure out a way to make an appearance. A summer of waiting finally came to fruition Sunday as 3,000 fans packed a small-college gym to see Durant, Crawford and other NBA players put on a show. ‘He reached out to me to come perform before in front of you guys,’ Crawford told the crowd at Seattle Pacific University. ‘He loves Seattle. He took his own jet. He spent a lot of money to come up here and perform in front of you guys.’”