Seattle rookie Kevin Durant hit his first game-winning 3-pointer on Friday, and the SuperSonics are expecting a lot more in the coming years.
Durant looks to build on one of the biggest nights of his young NBA career when the SuperSonics visit the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.
Durant was taken with the second pick in the 2007 draft, behind only Greg Oden, who will miss the season following right knee surgery. The University of Texas standout is averaging 20.1 points for the Sonics (2-8), and drilled the game-winning 3 at the buzzer in Friday's 126-123 double-overtime win over Atlanta.
"This is what I live for," said Durant, who had 21 points. "I wouldn't have it any other way."
The win was Seattle's second straight after opening the season with eight straight losses. Durant had 18 points in Wednesday's 104-95 win in Miami.
"I'm starting to get used to playing every other night or so, and I'm gaining confidence with my game," Durant said.
Durant's heroics overshadowed a breakout performance from Damien Wilkins, who scored a career-best 41 points. The outburst, which came in front of father Gerald Wilkins and uncle Dominique, boosted Wilkins' season average to 16.9 points - second-best on the team.
Wilkins, who averaged a career-best 8.8 points last season, has scored in double figures in eight of his 10 games.
"Playing in front of family certainly made it special for me," Wilkins said. "The most important thing is that we got the win."
Despite their two wins, the Sonics are still being outscored by an average of more than seven points and are allowing 108.1 points per game. They are playing the fourth game on a five-game road trip.
Seattle is 5-1 all-time against Charlotte. The only loss was a 119-106 road defeat on Feb. 6, 2006.
The Bobcats (4-4) have dropped four of six, including Wednesday's 117-109 loss in Atlanta. Gerald Wallace and Jason Richardson each had 27 points for Charlotte, which was coming off a 91-76 home win over Miami a night earlier and gave up 37 points in the first quarter.
"We came out flat, for whatever reason. The first 12 minutes were just bad," guard Jeff McInnis told the Bobcats' official team Web site. "Even when you're coming off a back-to-back, you can't play like that.
"We just have to learn what all successful teams already know, and that's how to win. We started off good this season, and we have to stay consistent."
Wallace leads the Bobcats with 17.6 points per game, but Richardson is averaging 16.4, including 20.3 over his last three games. The Bobcats acquired Richardson in a draft-day trade with Golden State to be their go-to scorer.
"We're not going to be in games if we wait until after the first quarter to start playing hard," coach Sam Vincent told the Bobcats' site. "We have to come out with a sense of urgency right from the beginning."
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