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Kevin Durant’s streak of scoring at least 30 points ends at 12 straight games

Feb 1, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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The Nets were one of the teams to hand the Thunder one of their 10 losses on the season, and even though Brooklyn has one of the league’s best marks since Jan. 1, Oklahoma City might be the best in the league period.

The Thunder showed it by waxing the Nets in Brooklyn on Friday by 25 points, and after leading by as many as 32, it wasn’t necessary for Kevin Durant to play at all in the fourth quarter.

As a result, his streak of scoring at least 30 points in 12 straight games came to an end — not that it matters to Durant in the grand scheme of things.

From the Associated Press:

“The streak was good while it lasted, but that’s the least of my concerns,” Durant said. “It’s easy for me to try to force it to keep the streak alive, but we needed this win because they beat us last time.” …

Durant came out with 1:15 left in the third quarter. Coach Scott Brooks didn’t bother asking the NBA’s leading scorer if he wanted to keep playing to extend the streak, saying he knew what the answer would be.

“If he cared about the streak, he should’ve never missed the two shots. That’s on him. Can’t blame it on me,” Brooks said.

That last part is a joke, obviously, as Brooks is referring to Durant’s two misses from the field on a night he went 10-of-12 and finished with 26 points and seven assists.

The streak ends with Durant having averaged 35.9 points per game in January during this run, one which saw him become the first player with at least 550 points and 90 assists in any month since Michael Jordan did it back in March of 1987, according to Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN).

The Thunder have now won 10 in a row, and have the league’s best overall record at 38-10.

  1. spthegr8 - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Kd’s streak wasn’t ended, it was retired. I’m Just Sayin”!! He could have scored 40 last night. He was 10-12 from the field. They couldn’t stop him, nobody can stop him right now tho!!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Brooklyn sucks more than New Yawk, except when it comes to Kosher pizza.

  2. antistratfordian - Feb 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    So he averaged 36 points and 6 assists in the month of January (he played in a ton of games last month – 16). Not bad.

    Reminds me of McGrady’s March 2003 where he averaged 37 points and 6 assists. Or something like D.Wade’s 16 game stretch from Feb-Mar 2009 where he averaged 35 points and 9 assists (with six 40 point games and two 50 point games).

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    This is way different from Kobe’s or T-Macs streaks or probably the others which I wasn’t old enough to remember. Either one of them would have tried to keep their streak going, which there’s nothng wrong with but its not KD’s style.

    KD is the best player on a team missing its 2nd best player and he had to shoulder the load. How does KD answer? He takes a lot more shots but his EFFICIENCY goes way up. He’s been shooting 50-60% every game including his 54 pt game where he was 19-28. Yesterday he was 10-12. DAMN.

    He chose to end the streak, it wasn’t ended.

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