Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant is four days away from winning his second straight NBA scoring title.
Last year, he became the youngest scoring champ in league history. This year, he'll become the third-youngest.
There's been nary a peep as he approaches an astonishing achievement and, as we all know, Durant isn't about to toot his own horn.
Does Durant even glance at the scoring leaders chart throughout the season?
"If I told you I didn't, I'd be lying," he confessed with a smile.
This year's scoring race isn't over, and yet it is.
Heading into Friday night's home game against Denver, Durant was averaging 27.8 points, Miami's LeBron James was second at 26.7 per game and teammate Dwyane Wade third at 25.7.
If Durant keeps his scoring average intact during the last four games, James would have to average 49.3 ppg to catch him.
Durant would become the 12th player to repeat as scoring champ. Though that's not in the same stratosphere as Wilt Chamberlain or Michael Jordan, who won seven straight each, Durant is about to draw even with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant.
Durant is not claiming victory this season, but he already knows how it feels to be champ.
"Feels good," Durant said. "I just feel blessed to be put in this position."
Though Durant is down 2.3 points from last year's 30.1 winning clip, the Thunder's other top scoring averages have risen – Russell Westbrook is up 5.7 points to 21.8; James Harden is up 2.2 points to 12.1; Serge Ibaka is up 3.5 points to 9.8.
"In the back of my mind, I think about it, but I don't really go out there and say, 'I want to be the scoring champ again,' or just go out there and try to score all the time," Durant said. "You'd see me come down and shoot every time I touch it, or being overly aggressive and not in the flow of the offense."
Durant was 21 years, 197 days old when he became scoring champ last season. He will be 22 years, 196 days old when he wraps up the title Wednesday night after the Thunder plays its regular-season finale at home against Milwaukee.
That will make Durant the youngest and third-youngest scoring champ in league history, sandwiching Max Zaslofsky of the Chicago Stags, who won the 1947-48 scoring crown at age 22 years, 121 days.
"To win the scoring title, it's something as a kid you only dream about," Durant said. "Of course, as a kid you think, 'I want to score as many points as I can.' To do it on the highest level, it means a lot."
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