A long time ago, in the mid-eighties, a fellow named Michael Jordan made an impressive run. Jordan scored at least 25 points per game for 40 consecutive games in the 1986-87 NBA season for the Chicago Bulls. Now, a young player wearing blue for the Oklahoma City Thunder made a run at trying to topple Jordan’s impressive streak but was stopped on Wednesday night by Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs. For 64 days Durant went after the record and it is sad to see the streak come to an end. Durant’s streak is the longest in nearly thirty-five years in the NBA and stands at an impressive 29 games straight of scoring at least 25 points. Let’s look at this streak by the numbers.
Kevin Durant or the Durantula as he is nicknamed scored at least 25 points for 29 consecutive games. Not only was Durant putting up points but he was also putting up impressive numbers in many other offensive scoring categories. During the streak the Durantula averaged 32.4 points per game and in 23 of the 29 games Durant scored above 30 points, above 35 in 9 games, and above 40 in 3 games. He averaged 2.9 assists per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Durant’s field goal percentage was 50.8, his three-point field goal percentage was an impressive 50.0, and he was shooting a solid 89.9% from the free-throw line. His highest scoring game during the streak was an MVP like 45 points.
The most impressive thing about Kevin Durant’s 29 game streak is the Thunder’s record during it. The Thunder won 9 games in a row at one point during the streak and overall went 20-9. In today’s super-star studded NBA it is easy to forget that this game is about winning and not about padding the statistics book. But, he padded the statistic book very well. Durant scored 940 points during the streak and only 30% of those came from the free-throw line. Durant also had eleven double-doubles througout the course of the streak.
Durant commented on his streak on Wednesday, “It was good while it lasted. Teams in this league are too tough for my streak to continue to go on like it did. It was very cool while it lasted,” said Durant. “Any player would remember something like this,” Durant said. “Now it’s time to regroup and get ready for our next game.”
To be second to what is widely considered the greatest basketball player ever to play the game, Jordan, should be a compliment. When Jordan went on his scoring streak he was 23 years old, Kevin Durant is barely 21. Currently, Durant is second in the NBA in points per game averaging 29.8 behind LeBron James’ 29.9. Durant is 6’10” and has speed and agility that rivals anyone who is in the NBA. This young man has a promising future ahead of him in the NBA and should not worry about his streak ending. I believe that his comments concerning the streak show signs of a mature player who just has to wait on the right concoction of players around him to achieve an NBA championship.
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