This has been a great summer for Kevin Durant. First, due to LeBron James and his questionable decisions, Durant has become the unanimous best young player in the NBA. Next, while playing for Team USA, he has looked even better than advertised. The latest evidence was against Lithuania on Saturday when Durant scored 38 points to lead USA to a 89-74 victory.
Durant’s 38 points were the most in Team USA history. He hit 14-of-26 shots from the field, five of his 13 three-point attempts and all five of his free throws. Amazingly, the rest of Team USA’s starting lineup only scored nine points. It was truly a one-man show.
Before the game, Durant planned to dedicate his play to those affected by 9/11.
Said Durant: “I just wanted to remember everybody back in the States, everybody that was affected by 9/11. And to play on this day was a great honor and we just tried to do our best to play hard for our country and our families.”
Team USA will next play for the gold medal at the World Championships against either Serbia or Turkey. Either way, the United States will lean on the world’s best young player: Kevin Durant.