Kevin Durant was asked before Friday’s game at Toronto if he is comfortable hearing his name in the same sentence as Michael Jordan so frequently.
The Thunder star’s 34-game streak of scoring 25 points or more is the longest since MJ over the past 50 years. Jordan did it 40 times in the 1986-87season.
Durant broke into a big smile.
“I’m comfortable with it,” a laughing Durant said. “But Jordan has done way more than just score 25 points in however many games. He’s a champion, an MVP, a Finals MVP. He’s done it all. So I’d rather be in that conversation with him. But it’s definitely an honor to be in the same sentence as Michael Jordan. I never want to take that for granted. But I’ve got bigger goals in mind.”
Hours after delivering that response, Durant went out and did something else the league hasn’t seen since Jordan.
He scored 51 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Thunder’s 119-118 double-overtime victory against the Raptors. Jordan was the last player to post those numbers. He did it during the 1992-93 season.
JACKSON STEPS UP IN PLACE OF WESTBROOK
When point guard Russell Westbrook was taken to the locker room midway through the third quarter on Friday, the Thunder needed someone to step up.