One night after Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored 66 points at Rucker Park in Harlem, Bulls guard John Lucas III dropped 60 points in a New York Pro City game against Durant's team, The Franchise, on Tuesday. Though he was outscored by Lucas, Durant had 41 points (9-for-29 from the field) and hit a three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left to send the game into overtime, where his team beat Lucas' squad, Big Apple Basketball, 146-143.
Lucas shot 22-for-41 from the field and knocked down 6-of-19 three-pointers. He also made 10-of-11 free throws and had four assists.
Where did that come from? In 62 NBA games, his career average is three points. His career-high is 13 points against the L.A. Lakers in 2006. The most shots he has made in a game is five, while the most shots he has attempted is 13.
Defense certainly wasn't a virtue Tuesday night, though it's an impressive feat for Lucas considering his team was going up against three NBA players -- Durant, Indiana's Roy Hibbert and New Jersey's Sundiata Gaines -- and former NBA player and Bull Andre Barrett.
After dominating the NBA world with his Rucker Park performance, Durant let it be known that Lucas should receive the same type of attention after his work in the Pro City tournament game. Lucas didn't receive the same fanfare, though.
Said Durant: "Should be broadcasted by everybody. Everybody should know. The way he played was unbelievable. He got it easier tonight than I got it last night. He had a hell of a game."
Countered Lucas: "Nah, I was just playing ball. Kevin's a scorer. I can't compete with him on the scoring tip. He's 6-9. In a real game, this is what he do. He gets buckets. Me? I run the team, orchestrate the team and just make sure I knock down open shots. I'm not going to come down and do what I was doing tonight in a real game. It's summertime. It's all fun and games, but it kind of got competitive. He'd come bucket and say something to me. I'd come at him and say something to him. It was all for fun."
The 5-foot-11 guard put on quite the show on Tuesday. Rarely do you see a Bull not named Derrick Rose outscore Durant, the two-time reigning league scoring champion, in any type of game.
NBA lockout update: On Tuesday, NBA commissioner David Stern said on ESPN's SportsCenter that the players union continues to do a lot of "posturing," and he put the onus on the players to "get serious." One day later, players association executive director Billy Hunter gave his lockout update.
How far apart are the players union and owners?
"We're $800 million apart per year," Hunter said to The Baltimore Sun.
Added Hunter: "A month and a half ago, we gave them a proposal that we would give them back $100 million per year. The gap is far between us. We agreed to go from 57 (percent of basketball revenue) to 54."
So, will there be a 2011-12 NBA season?
Said Hunter: "If I had to bet on it at this moment, I would probably say no."
The news continues to get worse. Even supreme optimists have to begin rethinking their estimates on when the season starts. Because right now, a wiped out season seems very likely.