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July 13, 2007
Courtside in Vegas

When Kevin Durant wrapped up his third summer league game Friday night in UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center, the press core wanted to know about a special guest who'd been watching the Seattle rookie out of Texas in action.

The Chosen One, LeBron James, chose to sit courtside and admire a 32-point outing from Durant.

But forget about James - the Kings' Spencer Hawes was the one right at midcourt, watching his buddy hit 9 of 23 shots and impress with his ability to recover from a slow-shooting night by driving and getting to the line 16 times (hitting 13).

Hawes and Durant have been close friends for years. They even dined together just before the June draft in which Durant went No. 2 to Seattle and Hawes No. 10 to the Kings.

For Durant's part, he battled with Golden State's Italian guard Marco Belinelli. He was out played early but ultimately won the night as Belinelli hit just 6 of 22 from the field in the Warriors' 85-74 win.

The Kings, meanwhile, did not practice or play. They did, of course, sign big man Mikki Moore.

My early reaction is that Petrie overpaid, considering it's quite a jump from the $10 million offer Moore turned down from New Jersey to the $18 million the Kings will pay him. Style-wise, it's a good fit, but the natives otherwise known as Kenny Thomas and Shareef Abdur-Rahim are surely getting restless as every addition of a big man means less and less playing time.

Saturday's action includes the much-anticipated Kings-Houston matchup at 5:30 p.m., with former Kings coach Rick Adelman sure to be peering from the stands while former Kings assistants Elston Turner and T.R. Dunn help run the Rockets.

Losing and winners - The Kings fell to New York on Thursday night 96-84, but there were standout performances considering the team played without third-year swingman Francisco Garcia (excused for summer league, family matters) and second-year guard Quincy Douby (sore back).

Draft pick Spencer Hawes wasn't shy about picking up the offensive load, as the center out of Washington hit 11 of 25 shots for 22 points. It was his scoring high through three games, not that scoring was ever the question surrounding Hawes.

Rebounding, among other things, has been a Hawes hot topic, and he has grabbed five, six and seven boards, respectively.

Point guard Pooh Jeter, a second-year player out of Portland who was cut from the Kings' training camp last season, had his first big outing, scoring 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Point guard Mustafa Shakur, an undrafted rookie from Arizona, also was part of a second-half surge, scoring 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting after he had scored a combined five points in the first two games.

- Sam Amick

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