As the season approaches the halfway point, attention surrounding Kevin Durant's quest to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line on the season gradually is intensifying.
After going 7 for 12 from the field, 2 for 5 from 3-point range and 4 for 5 from the free-throw line in Wednesday night's 117-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Durant is now shooting 52.5 percent from the field, 40.2 from 3-point range and 90.1 percent from the line this season.
Steve Nash (four times), Larry Bird (twice), Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki and Enid's Mark Price are the only players to post 50-40-90 seasons.
Is Durant paying close attention to his quest?
“No, but I don't know if I can keep it up for the whole season,” Durant said before facing the Nuggets. “I've been shooting a lot of 3s lately. I've got to cut down on those. I've got to shoot better shots.”
Add up Durant's shooting percentages and it's 182.8.
“Anytime you're over a 170 shooter, that's outstanding,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He's shooting at a level only a few guys in the history of the game have. He's done that all year. We hope he can continue that. He's so consistent, it's like Groundhog Day. Every day you see KD working on his game.”
Russell Westbrook had 36 points and shot 14 for 24 from the field on Monday night at Phoenix. In the first half against the Nuggets, he opened the game 9 for 13 from the field and finished with 25 points in the first half.
Over a span of slightly less than six quarters, Westbrook scored 61 points while shooting 23 for 37 (. 622) from the floor and 14 for 16 (. 875) from the free-throw line.