“Regardless of who’s out (of the lineup), who’s in, he comes out every night and plays his game,” Westbrook said. “Rebounds, passes the ball and does it all. And he does it every night.”
Durant’s streak began with a run of 30-point nights. He had 12 straight from Jan. 7 through Jan. 29. That run ended only when Durant didn’t need to play the fourth quarter at Brooklyn after the Thunder took a 30-point lead into the final period. Through the first three frames, however, Durant was every bit as dominant, if not more. He scored 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting and, rather than force shots to keep that streak alive, he willingly deferred to teammates and racked up seven assists in three quarters.
It was the longest streak of 30-point games since Tracy McGrady did it 14 times in 2003.
Durant cared more that the Thunder’s winning streak stretched to 10.
“That’s the most important streak,” Durant said that night.
Durant is now taking a similar attitude with his 25-point streak.
A relatively favorable schedule in the Thunder’s final 15 games suggests Durant could shatter Jordan’s mark and finish the season on a 47-game run of 25-point performances.
But the three-time scoring champion seems much more focused on seeing his injured teammates, starters Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins, get healthy, the Thunder solving its second-half issues with inconsistency and OKC building a head of steam going into the postseason.
“Another good thing,” Brooks said when asked how long the streak could last. “He doesn’t care and I don’t care. We’re just going to keep playing good basketball. If it goes another game in Cleveland, great. If it doesn’t, we’ll worry about playing every night the way we’re capable of playing.”