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Kevin Durant’s triple-double ends Suns’ slump, tops Rockets 129-113

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Kevin Durant showcased his versatility with a remarkable triple-double, leading the Phoenix Suns to a resounding 129-113 victory over the Houston Rockets and snapping their three-game losing streak.
Durant’s stat line was nothing short of extraordinary, as he tallied 27 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 16 assists. His impressive play not only fueled the Suns’ offensive juggernaut but also underscored his ability to impact every facet of the game. The victory marked a crucial road win for the Suns, breaking a dry spell since their last road victory on November 26.
After the game, Durant expressed his relief at returning to the winning column, emphasizing the challenges of enduring a tough stretch in the competitive NBA. “It sucks losing. Having a tough stretch in the NBA is one of the worst feelings you can have, regardless of how many games we play in a season,” Durant remarked.
Former Rocket Eric Gordon had a triumphant return to Houston, contributing 27 points in an impressive display. Gordon’s 17 points in the Suns’ explosive 43-point second quarter propelled them to a commanding 73-55 halftime lead. Devin Booker added 20 points, and Grayson Allen chipped in with 16, contributing to the Suns’ well-rounded offensive effort.
Alperen Sengun led the Rockets with 24 points, while rookie Jalen Green showcased his scoring prowess with 23 points, including a season-high six 3-pointers. Despite the individual efforts, the Rockets were unable to contain the Suns’ offensive onslaught.
The second quarter proved to be the turning point, with the Suns shooting an astonishing 76% from the field, extending their lead to 20 points. Durant played a pivotal role in this offensive surge, either scoring or assisting on 10 of the team’s 16 baskets in the quarter.
Suns coach Frank Vogel commended Durant’s aggressive and decisive play during this crucial stretch. He said Kevin got into an aggressive mode to score or pass, adding that he led the Suns down the stretch.
The Rockets faced additional setbacks with Jabari Smith Jr leaving the game in the third quarter due to a sprained left ankle. The injury came on the heels of Dillon Brooks missing a game due to an oblique strain, adding to the team’s challenges.
In the end, Durant’s brilliance, coupled with a strong team effort, propelled the Phoenix Suns to a convincing victory. The win not only ended their losing streak but also served as a statement of their resilience and ability to bounce back with authority.

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