The NBA 2K Players Tournament started with a bang Friday night on ESPN.
No. 16 seed Derrick Jones Jr. upset No. 1 seed Kevin Durant 78-62 to lead off the evening. Jones and Durant faced off in a tense matchup.
Sitting at their homes in Miami and New York, respectively, Jones and Durant competed in a 24-minute game that ended with Jones defeating the Brooklyn Nets superstar.
Throughout the night, players discussed their home lives amid the coronavirus pandemic that has many Americans, including these players, complying with stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Durant, who is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals, said he has not touched a ball “in a while,” while Jones said he has been trying to keep his basketball skills sharp by shooting around on the roof of his Florida home.
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