Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant has been his team's best player in the first half of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets. The Suns are trailing 68-51 but Durant has 19 points.

Durant was seen in Saturday's Game 1 at Ball Arena in Denver, Colo. with an all-black pair of his ‘KD 16s.'

Kevin Durant's signature shoe debuted this postseason. He and Nike announced a lifetime deal Friday, making him the third athlete to partner with the company for life (Michael Jordan and LeBron James).

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KD has been the Suns' best player. He had 15 points in the first quarter and was able to get 1-on-1 matchups against the Nuggets in the post, something that did not happen often last series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Phoenix shot 22-of-40 against the Nuggets, who are the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, in the first half. But Denver had a 27-15 edge on the glass with 12 offensive rebounds. The Nuggets also shot 15 more field goals and 12 more 3-pointers to create separation.

Durant and the Suns will need an explosive second half to make a comeback. He has the shoes that look nice, so let's see if he can play with offense the Suns need to win.