August 1, 2011, Kevin Durant did one of those things he often does. One of those things where I know years from now, casually in a conversation, I’m going to say, “Oh man, but remember when KD did THAT?”
He strolled into world-famous Rucker Park and on a random summer night, and proceeded to drop 66 cold-blooded points. Yeah, it came against a bunch of pickup superstars, in a game where nobody was playing defense.
But they were keeping score.
It wasn’t just the 66 though. It was the way the 66 happened. He stopped the game, he was so good. Literally stopped the game. That barrage of 3s that sent mayhem onto the blacktop? Not a single one hit any rim. Swish. Swish. Swish… I. AM. THE BEST. A glorified pickup game against a bunch of streetballers it was, but it was also one of Those Moments. One of those moments that lives forever.
Any time you jump on YouTube and type in “Kevin Durant” the autofill’s second one is “Kevin Durant Rucker Park.” If you just search for KD, you’ll always have “Kevin Durant: Catches Fire in the 4th Qtr (UNEDITED)” on your related videos. It’s just one of those moments you can’t escape, because it was that stinking cool. Here it is a year later and I’m still thinking about it.