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Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns survive past Sacramento Kings, 108-107

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TIGHT VICTORY. Kevin Durant steers the Phoenix Suns to a nailbiting 108-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California on Friday night (Saturday, April 13, Philippine time). PHOENIX SUNS PHOTO

Kevin Durant led the Phoenix Suns to a nail-biting 108-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night (Saturday, April 13, Philippine time) at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 

Durant’s 28-point performance, coupled with Jusuf Nurkic’s crucial late free throw, secured a pivotal win for the Suns as they continue to jockey for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

The game was a rollercoaster of momentum swings, with Phoenix overcoming a daunting 16-point deficit to stun the Kings in the closing minutes. After a missed shot by Grayson Allen, Nurkic battled for the rebound and drew a crucial foul from Domantas Sabonis. 

Nurkic, known for his tenacity in critical moments, split the free throws, sinking the second to put the Suns ahead with just 8.1 seconds remaining.

The drama didn’t end there. On Sacramento’s final possession, Bradley Beal’s defensive heroics sealed the Suns’ victory. 

Beal stripped De’Aaron Fox of the ball as he attempted a potential game-winning shot, igniting a post-game debate over a potential foul. Fox believed he was fouled by Beal, while Kings coach Mike Brown voiced his frustration over the lack of a call from the officials down the stretch.

Despite the contentious finish, Suns coach Frank Vogel lauded his team’s resilience and defensive efforts throughout the game. Vogel singled out Beal as the defensive standout, emphasizing his impact on critical plays in the clutch.

Devin Booker contributed 21 points to Phoenix’s winning effort, while Beal added 20 points, underscoring the Suns’ offensive firepower down the stretch. Sabonis led the charge for the Kings with an impressive stat line of 25 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists, showcasing his versatility on both ends of the floor.

With both teams eyeing postseason success, the game held significant implications for playoff seeding. The Suns, currently seventh in the West, are poised to secure a higher position with a victory in their final regular-season game against Minnesota. 

Meanwhile, the Kings, clinging to the eighth seed, face a crucial matchup against Portland to close out the season.

As the intensity of playoff basketball looms on the horizon, Durant emphasized the importance of grit and determination over strategic sets. In the heat of postseason battles, Durant believes that desire and willpower often determine the outcome, a sentiment echoed by Nurkic, who highlighted the Suns’ collective confidence and resolve.

The Suns’ road to playoff success continues with a critical matchup against Minnesota, where they aim to secure a favorable postseason position. Meanwhile, the Kings look to rebound against Portland in a bid to solidify their playoff hopes amidst a competitive Western Conference landscape.

Both teams are poised for postseason action, but Friday’s thrilling clash underscored the unpredictable nature of playoff basketball, where every possession and defensive stop can make the difference between victory and defeat.

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