Reggie Jackson removed a courtside headset at the end of a postgame radio interview and looked to the stands.
Without hesitation, he let the Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd know what it had just witnessed.
Or better yet, who they had just seen, summing it up with a simple but dead-on description.
“That's a baaaaad boy!” he bellowed. “That's a baaaaad boy!”
He was talking about Kevin Durant.
The Thunder star continued his sensational play Tuesday night, scoring a game-high 46 points to lead Oklahoma City to an exhilarating 105-97 victory over Portland.
It was the fifth time Durant has topped 40 points this season and his fourth time in 10 games.
Only two games earlier, Durant scored a career-high 54.
He's now scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, the longest such streak in Durant's career.
“His numbers over this past stretch, I think that does all the talking,” Jackson said. “That's a bad boy. He's been the baddest man on the planet.”
In the last 14 games, all of which have been played without starting point guard Russell Westbrook, Durant is averaging 36.5 points.
His hot streak has bumped his league-leading scoring average to 30.9 points. More impressively, he's maintained his efficiency.
On Tuesday, he made 17 of 25 shots, nailed six of his seven 3-pointers and six of seven foul shots. It boosted his percentage back above 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point range. He's just two free throw percentage points shy of currently compiling an incredible 50-40-90 to go along with his league-leading scoring average.
“MVP performance,” said Portland coach Terry Stotts. “To score 46 points on 25 shots, six of seven from 3s…it was an incredible performance. He made shots when they mattered. He took his time and didn't force it. He took what was there, and he made some great shots.”
Durant's efforts helped the Thunder win its fourth straight and knock off the Blazers for the first time in three tries this season.
Durant scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, 11 of them coming in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
The turning point, if you can even call it that on this night, clearly seemed to be a technical foul Durant picked up for slamming his hand upon the scorer's table in frustration at officiating.
It came with 3:45 remaining.
After LaMarcus Aldridge made a pair of free throws following the foul call that sent Durant over the top, Durant went off.
He made a driving layup then buried a pull-up 3 in transition, tying the game at 95-all. After back-to-back jump shots by Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins, Durant drilled another pull-up 3 in transition.
Then he hit another 3.
Behind Durant's offensive brilliance, and some back-breaking team defense led by Perkins and Serge Ibaka, the Thunder closed the game on a 15-2 run.
“It was really a stupid reaction by me,” Durant said of the technical foul. “I could have hurt my team really badly. But luckily (Damian) Lillard missed the free throw, and that gave us a little bit of momentum, I guess. I was just more frustrated with myself. I can't hurt my team like that. This time it went in our direction. But next time I've got to be smarter.”
Aldridge scored a team-high 29 points with a game-high 16 rebounds to lead Portland. But the Blazers' big man, who has been a thorn to the Thunder, scored just six points in the final frame and missed his final seven shots.
Lillard, the reigning Rookie of the Year, was hounded by Thabo Sefolosha's smothering defense in the second half and scored just 14 points on 15 shots.
Jackson struggled to find his shooting touch, hitting only seven of 18 from the field, but aided Durant with 15 points. Ibaka and Derek Fisher chipped in 10 for the Thunder.
OKC overcame a slow start and an 11-2 early deficit caused by several clean looks caroming out of the cylinder. The Thunder missed seven of its first eight shots but perhaps could have taken solace in relatively good ball movement and balanced shot attempts.
But ultimately, after the missed shots mounted, Durant simply had to do his thing.
He scored 15 of the Thunder's 21 points in the opening quarter and single-handedly helped OKC stay within six at the end of the period. Durant made six of eight shots in the quarter. His teammates were 2-for-13. Jackson and Ibaka, the Thunder's two biggest scoring threats after Durant, were a combined 2-for-10.
That trend continued well into the second quarter and allowed Portland to pump its lead to as many as 11 before OKC stormed back inside the final five minutes of the first half.
The Thunder trailed 46-36 with 4:45 left in the second but closed the period on a 15-6 run. Ibaka scored six during the spurt, and Durant added five. Portland took a one-point lead into the locker room only after Lillard scored on a driving layup with two tenths of a second remaining.
Durant had 20 points at the break, the second time in three games he's had at least that many by halftime. Meanwhile, the Thunder overcame his teammates' early inefficiency and a 42.9 percent shooting clip by limiting its turnovers (two) and keeping Portland off the foul line (two attempts).
After outscoring Portland 26-23 in the third quarter, the Thunder took a 77-75 lead into the fourth quarter.
The two teams traded jabs for the first six minutes before the Blazers went ahead by five.
That's when the Thunder's defense dug in and a bad boy put the Blazers away.
“The way he was playing,” said Blazers guard Mo Williams, “he probably could have scored on Jesus.”