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Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at the significance of Kevin Durant's 25-point scoring streak

Kevin Durant on Friday at Houston tied Michael Jordan for the most consecutive games of at least 25 points in the last 50 years.Durant’s streak is mostly a mark of magnificent consistency, a skill many coaches say is the hardest thing to have at the pro level.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 5, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, high-fives teammate Reggie Jackson during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston on Friday, April 4, 2014. Durant extended his streak of scoring at least 25 points to a 40th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan reached 40 in 1986-87. The Rockets won 111-107. (AP Photo/Richard Carson)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, high-fives teammate Reggie Jackson during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston on Friday, April 4, 2014. Durant extended his streak of scoring at least 25 points to a 40th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan reached 40 in 1986-87. The Rockets won 111-107. (AP Photo/Richard Carson)

“Jordan has done way more than just score 25 points in however many games,” Durant said. “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.”

Still, teammates are rooting for Durant to continue the streak. They might be enjoying it more than him.

“It’d be a great feat for Kevin Durant to take that down and surpass (Jordan) on the 25-plus point game streak,” said Thunder guard Reggie Jackson. “But he goes out there and he finds a way to get to the line. And he makes it look easy the way he’s knocking in shots the way he does. He’s, I think, the best scorer in the league…So you really don’t have to do too much to try to keep the streak alive for him. Just keep doing what we’re doing. We have plays dictated for him. He kind of does the rest.”

Ease and efficiency have become unexpected hallmarks for Durant despite his current streak. The way he’s produced his points has been as impressive as the streak itself. He hasn’t forced shots. He hasn’t made scoring his sole focus. Instead, he’s made it a point to continue to play the right way and make the proper pass to open teammates if that’s what the game calls for.

“We don’t look at it and say we have to get him 25,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We just play the game, and if he ends up with over 25 great … But Kevin is as humble as any superstar I’ve ever been around. He’s just going into every day looking to win the game.”

Westbrook, however, said the streak has swelled into such a significant number that it’s become impossible to ignore.

“That’s a lot of games to be scoring 25 points in a row,” he said. “You can’t just not think about that. That’s an unbelievable stat. I think he may finish the season out doing that. I mean, he does that in his sleep.”

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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