Kevin Durant was stuck on 41 points for more than three minutes of game action. And on Friday night, that stagnation felt like an eternity.
So he called for the ball on the right wing, got it, and immediately rose for an in-rhythm three. Swish.
Then, on two of the next three possessions, he did the exact same thing.
Nine points in less than a minute. All from an increasingly more comfortable spot on the floor.
“I've been working on that shot, the right wing,” Durant said. “It used to be the shot I missed the most.”
But now, it has just become another lethal option in his unguardable arsenal.
Of Durant's career-high 54 points on Friday night, 10 came near the rim, 11 came at the free-throw line and 12 came from that right wing, the zone in which he produced the most damage. Overall, he was 4-of-6 on that shot.
And in the grand scheme, that only continued an upward trend that Durant has clearly identified and worked to produce.
In 2010-11, Durant shot 29 percent from the right wing, below league average. In 2011-12, he saw a slight improvement, upping it to nearly 32 percent, right around league average.
But over the past two seasons, it has spiked to an impressive 42.3 percent clip. And because of that, it's now the spot where he takes, and makes, the highest percentage of his 3-point shots.
“He was greatness when he entered the league,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, when asked to identify areas Durant has improved.
And in many ways, that's true.
But even though it's not as easily identifiable, Durant has improved as much as any player in the past seven years. Minor tweaks have produced major results.
And now the youngest player to ever win three scoring titles, is playing the best offensive basketball of his career.
In the 12 games since Russell Westbrook went down, Durant has scored 435 points. It's the most prolific 12-game stretch of his career and the highest total in the NBA since 2009 (Dwyane Wade, 446). It has only happened six times in the past decade.
And maybe more impressively, the numbers have been coming efficiently and within the flow of the game.
On Friday, he went 19-of-28 from the field, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1988 to have at least 54 points and five assists, while also shooting that high a percentage from the field.
Durant's continued improvement from the right wing is just an example of his continued development as a basketball player.
It's one thing to note that he's still improving and is not yet in his prime.
But to actually watch him continually outdo himself remains remarkable.
“There's always another level I can go to,” Durant told TNT after a recent game in Houston.
Few people are doubting him at this point.