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Kevin Durant is ecstatic and felt rejuvenated to be able to deliver a bounce-back game from his rocky Wednesday home debut for the Phoenix Suns.

Against the shorthanded Denver Nuggets on Friday, Durant finished with a solid 30 markers in a highly efficient 11-for-15 shooting. This has been a quick, major improvement from his rusty showing against the Minnesota Timberwolves upon chipping 16 in an uncharacteristic 5-of-18 field goal split.

His sizzling, consistent night fully allowed the Suns to take a 100-93 victory heading to the weekend with four-straight Ws.

“Felt like I was a rookie last game,” Durant said, via “I started off 0-for-4 and then after every shot I’m trying to get it back to 50 percent so I’m rushing shots, taking uncharacteristic looks and it leads to a night like that. So just being patient, letting the game come to me – that’s how I’ve always been playing.”

The Suns posted as many as 27 points in the matchup against the Nuggets, but Denver responded with a second-half blitz of their own to cut the lead down to 97-93 in the final minute until Josh Okogie sealed their win with a dagger trey at the corner with 45.8 seconds left.

“I like how we played in the first half, but it was a bad second half for us,” Durant said, via “We just let our foot off the gas a little and they were playing extremely hard. … We’ve just got to do a better job of sticking with it.”

Still, the victory over the Nuggets allowed the fourth-placed Suns to widen their margin in the tight playoff seeding race of the Suns, as they improved to 42-35 and now lead by 1.5 games over the fifth-ranked L.A. Clippers.

Durant and the Suns will look to maintain their blazing streak as they are set to briefly hit the road to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.