The NBA lockout isn't keeping some of the league's players from competing. Young scoring phenom, Kevin Durant, played in an Entertainers Basketball Classic game on Monday (August 1) at Harlem's famed Rucker Park ... and put on a show.
The reigning NBA scoring champion lit up the crowd with a 66-point performance, which included five straight threes in the fourth quarter of the game.
After the game, Durant said playing at the Rucker has been one of his dreams all his life.
"I've always wanted to play at Rucker Park all my life," he told one of the league's emcees, after his DC Power team beat the Sean Bell All-Stars, which featured Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III.
The performance was two points shy of the EBC scoring record of 68, set by Steve Burtt Jr. in 2007. Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond is recognized as holding the park record with 74 points in a game.
"No lie, jus had one of the best times of my life at Rucker park..wow! I love NY...Harlem waddup," Durant tweeted (@KDTrey5) after the game.
Rucker Park is located across the street from where the Polo Grounds used to stand, and is famed for pickup games and leagues where greats such as Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant have graced the court.
With the NBA lockout dragging on, players have been participating in various streetball leagues around the country to stay in shape and on their game.
This game was just one where Durant participated.
During the game, Durant finished the first half with 23 points, but caught fire in the second half here he scored 15 points in the third quarter.
In the fourth, he went off, sinking five three pointers, despite double- and even triple-team defenses.