Kevin Durant led the Phoenix Suns to a 129-113 victory over the Houston Rockets, snapping their three-game losing streak. Durant achieved his 18th career triple-double, contributing 27 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 16 assists.
His performance was pivotal in securing the Suns' first road victory since Nov. 26, bringing their record to an even 15-15.
“It was amazing to get back on the winning side,” Durant remarked after the game. His sentiment reflected the team’s relief in breaking the losing streak, emphasizing how challenging such periods can be in the NBA.
Strong Contributions from Suns' Players
The Suns saw significant contributions from other players as well. Eric Gordon, playing his first game back in Houston since being traded in February, matched Durant's 27 points.
Gordon reminisced about his time with the Rockets, noting, “It was a major turning point in my career, coming to Houston,” and expressed satisfaction with the team's performance.Phoenix’s dominant 43-point second quarter, highlighted by Gordon's 17 points, was crucial in establishing a commanding 73-55 halftime lead. The team’s offensive efficiency was particularly notable, shooting 76% in the second quarter.
Devin Booker added 20 points, while Grayson Allen contributed 16.
Rockets' Efforts and Challenges
Despite the loss, the Rockets showed resilience, led by Alperen Sengun with 24 points and Jalen Green, who added 23 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers. Rockets coach Ime Udoka praised Green’s aggression and decision-making during the game.
However, the Rockets faced setbacks, including Jabari Smith Jr. leaving in the third quarter due to a sprained left ankle. This injury came a night after Dillon Brooks was sidelined with an oblique strain, marking his first missed game of the season.
Suns coach Frank Vogel commended Durant's approach, saying, “Kevin just got into an aggressive mode to score or pass”.Durant’s ability to either score or facilitate for his teammates was a key factor in the Suns maintaining their lead throughout the second half, with the Rockets unable to close the gap beyond 12 points.