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OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's latest scoring streak has him on the brink of history

Durant has topped 25 points for 32 consecutive games, second only to Michael Jordan’s 40 straight during the 1986-87 season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 18, 2014

— Kevin Durant considers his latest scoring tear the same as the rest.


But that doesn’t make it insignificant.

In Monday’s win at Chicago, Durant topped 25 points for the 32nd straight game. He passed Spencer Haywood for sole possession of the second longest streak of 25-point games over the past 50 years. The longest streak over that span belongs to Michael Jordan, who did it in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season.

Durant can tie that mark on April 4 at Houston. He can surpass His Airness on April 6 at Phoenix.

“I just go out there and play, have fun and play to win,” Durant said. “If all that stuff comes with it, then that’s cool. But I have bigger goals in mind.”

That attitude is one of the things Thunder coach Scott Brooks appreciates most about Durant’s streak.

“What impresses me the most is two things, his consistency and his ability not to worry about it,” Brooks said. “I know when I had a three-game streak of four (points), I was worried about that fourth game. I had to make my first shot. He’s not worried about it. He’s worried about playing hard and playing the correct way and finding ways to help his team win. That’s what he’s done. He’s an amazing leader and he’s so consistent.”

Of course, that’s really what this streak is, a mark of consistency.

The last time Durant failed to reach 25 points was on Jan. 5. It came in a 23-point home win over Boston. Durant was needed for only 27 minutes in the eventual blowout. He finished with 21 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

Since then, Durant has averaged 34.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He’s connected on 51.7 percent of his attempts from the field and 39.2 percent of his 3-point tries.

The Thunder is 21-11 over that span, which included a 10-game winning streak.

“He’s just playing great,” said Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. “He’s done a great job all season long of playing consistent, playing at an MVP level, and he’s going to continue to lead us.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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