Twitter reacts to Precious Achiuwa’s big block on Kevin Durant in USA vs. Nigeria – Sporting News

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Kevin Durant is one of the best basketball players in the world, but during Team USA’s first pre-Olympics exhibition Saturday, Precious Achiuwa momentarily got the better of him.

Durant drove to the hoop late in the second quarter of the Americans’ 90-87 loss to Nigeria, only to be denied by Achiuwa. The Heat forward timed his jump perfectly to make a lefty swat and send Durant falling to the floor.

Here’s a look at the play via the Heat’s Twitter account.

As impressive as Achiuwa’s block was in real time, it looks even better when you see just how high Achiuwa had to get to make the play.

The 21-year-old Achiuwa averaged 1.4 blocks per 36 minutes for the Heat last season, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him make a key block. Still, getting one like that on Durant — who is 4 inches taller than Achiuwa — after covering so much ground is pretty impressive.

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Either way, NBA Twitter loved the play and complimented Achiuwa for his effort while others joked about how Durant’s haters would react to the block.

Oh wow what a block by Precious Achiuwa on Kevin Durant. Man.

— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) July 11, 2021

Precious Achiuwa is a better basketball player than Kevin Durant. I have proof. Next on Undisputed.

— Parakeet P(fizer) Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) July 11, 2021

Achiuwa also made what turned out to be the game-sealing play for Nigeria. He grabbed the rebound of a Zach LaVine missed free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining.

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