Rui Hachimura had never played against Kevin Durant in the NBA before Sunday. After a year and a half of rehabbing from his Achilles injury, Durant didn't get to play against the 2019 class of rookies.
Durant will remember Washington's second-year power forward after this play in the first quarter of the Wizards preseason opener in Brooklyn, though.
Hachimura never gave up on the play, slapping Thomas Bryant's missed shot against the glass before slamming the ball over Durant. Coming back from 18 months of recovery, Durant was probably hoping for a simple defensive possession. Hachimura, on the other hand, was on another mindset.
In the second quarter, Hachimura wasn't finished having his way with Brooklyn's new power duo. This time it was Kyrie Irving who was the victim.
Hachimura enforced his will against the smaller point guard before faking out Nets center Reggie Perry with a pump fake and slamming hit home with his left hand.
Hachimura's fellow No. 9 pick Deni Avdija also impressed in his first 24 minutes as a Wizard, hitting his first 3-pointer and showing great time awareness to get off this incredible runner to beat the first-half buzzer.