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Magic is right, Kevin Durant an easy choice for MVP

On the day that three-time MVP Magic Johnson proclaimed the race over, Durant further stated his case against the Nuggets on Monday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Jenni Carlson Published: March 24, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) drives against Denver's Quincy Miller (30) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 24, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (35) drives against Denver's Quincy Miller (30) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 24, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Lucky for the Nuggets.

Durant’s 25-plus-point games streak now stands at 35. Five more, and he will tie Michael Jordan’s mark of 40 consecutive games with 25-plus, which is the longest such streak of the past 50 years.

These are historic days, amazing days, awe-inspiring days.

Now, I’m sure that everyone is going to be giddy for these next couple days about the game-winner that LeBron James hit Monday night. Think ESPN will slobber over it much?

But was it any better than the double-overtime game-winner that Durant hit Saturday night? That three was from deep, and it capped a 51-point performance in a come-from-behind win against the Raptors.

Durant also added 12 rebounds and seven rebounds that night.

His averages last week in three road games: 40.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

“He can score,” Brooks said. “We know that. But he impacts our game, our team on the defensive end and in his passing.”

Sure, sure. But about that double crossover move that had everyone buzzing …

“We were having a little fun with it,” Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson said. “Probably had us on the edge of our seats a little too long. Found ourselves standing for about 10 seconds waiting for him to hurry up and just finish the basket.”

It’s easy to get lulled by the ease with which Durant does what he does, but don’t be fooled like Darrell Arthur was. It’s not every day you see a player who can change another player’s high tops into roller skates.

“I felt good,” Durant said of the play. “I felt like I was back at the park back home.”

Right now, he’s making the NBA look like his own personal playground.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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