A cock and bull tale can be narrated with respect to the battle between John Lucas III and Kevin Durant. The battle between the stars may have buildup over a year but the drama on both ends of the tale is simply amazing.
Nonetheless, it was Durant who had the last laugh in the saga. In front of a packed gym at Baruch College in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, Durant showed why Oklahoma City Thunder gave him so much respect, the awestruck crowd at Pro City summer tournament were forced to agree with the Thunder too.
Durant was a fan favorite at the match, scoring 41 points. However, that was not highlight of the entire saga, his 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in the game was. Due to the crucial 3 points by Durant the match was sent into overtime where Durant’s team, The Franchise, eventually defeated Lucas' squad, Big Apple Basketball by 146-143.
Durant’s heroics at Rucker Park were made super viral by the American media but a humble Durant made sure Lucas was awarded the same amount of praise and glory.
In a post match press release the 22-year-old small forward/shooting guard stated, “Should be broadcasted by everybody. Everybody should know. The way he played was unbelievable. He got it easier tonight than I got it last night. He had a hell of a game.”
Lucas indeed impressed fans. He shot 22-for-41 from the field while 6-of-19 of his 3-pointers made it home. Lucas also had 10-of-11 from the free throw line and four handy assists.
John Lucas III is the son of former NBA coaching maestro, John Lucas. When asked if he could have out-raced Durant, Lucas admitted that the task would have been near to impossible, after all Durant was a two-time NBA scoring champion.