NBA: KEVIN DURANT SCORES 23 POINTS ON PHOENIX SUNS DEBUT IN WIN AT CHARLOTTE HORNETS

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Kevin Durant scored 23 points as he made his debut for the Phoenix Suns in a 105-91 win at the Charlotte Hornets.

The former league MVP joined from the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade three weeks ago, but has been recovering from a sprained knee ligament.

Durant played restricted minutes as he continues towards full fitness and new team-mate Devin Booker hit 37 points.

Durant scored 12 points as Phoenix took a 16-point lead in the first half and although Charlotte got within six going into the final quarter, Durant helped the Suns pull away.

Phoenix are looking to climb the table in the Western Conference and are fourth, 10 games behind conference leaders the Denver Nuggets.