Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM
| July 17, 2007
A familiar theme continued Tuesday as the Seattle SuperSonics played their first game in the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league. Rookies Kevin Durant and Jeff Green starred, but got little help from their teammates as the Sonics lost their sixth straight game during the summer, falling 102-88 to Utah.
Durant, playing his last game for the Sonics this summer as he returns to Las Vegas for U.S. Senior Men's National Team training camp, led the Sonics with 29 points. Green scored 25. Johan Petro, with seven points and six boards, was the team's third-leading scorer.
Durant led the Sonics with 29 points in his summer finale.|
Durant shot 7-for-21 from the field but, as he did in Las Vegas, lived at the free-throw line, making 14 of his 15 attempts from the charity stripe. Green, who hit 6 of his 14 shots, got to the free-throw line an incredible 18 times, hitting 12 of the attempts.
However, the Sonics struggled to contain Utah on defense, allowing a summer-high 102 points. The Jazz put up 55.7% shooting. Paul Millsap paced the Utah attack with 22 points and nine rebounds, one of five Jazz players in double-figures. First-round pick Morris Almond, who matched up with Durant much of the night, scored 18 points and point guard Dee Brown finished with a double-double (10 points, 10 assists).
Over five games with the Sonics summer squad, Durant averaged a team-leading 25.0 points per game. He shot 33.3% from the field, but improved his efficiency by attempting 61 free throws in five games, making them at an 86.9% clip. One surprise was that Durant did not contribute much on the glass, averaging 1.8 rebounds per game.
More important the stats, however, were the flashes of brilliance Durant showed in his first action in a Sonics uniform.
Durant's only Rocky Mountain Revue appearance created a frenzied atmosphere outside for autograph-seekers and filled the gym at Salt Lake Community College for the first time in the Revue.
"It was a great crowd," Durant told reporters in Utah. "It was a lot of fans, I guess because we played the Jazz. It felt just like college."