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Kevin Durant on 25-point streak: ‘I wish it was over’

Apr 7, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

Kevin Durant

Poor Kevin Durant.

The Thunder forward has now scored 25 points in 41 consecutive games, moving past Michael Jordan for the second-longest such streak ever. Only Wilt Chamberlain’s 126-game run was longer.

Sounds awful for Durant, right?

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman:

If Durant carries the streak to the end of the regular season, he’ll be forced to answer about its eventual end twice. First, a team will hold him under 25 in the playoffs. Then, because postseason games don’t officially count toward such streaks, a team will hold him under 25 next season.

It’s a lot of tedious questions to someone who has repeatedly shied from comparisons to other players.

But the Thunder have been better when Durant scores 25 (47-17, .734) than when he doesn’t (8-4, .667). So, I suspect he’ll suck it up and keep scoring if that’s what his team needs.

And if he wants to harmlessly end the streak, a solution might soon present itself soon.

Oklahoma City trails the Spurs by 4.5 games for the No. 1 seed and leads the Clippers by two games in the loss column for the No. 3 seed. The Thunder might have a meaningless game to close the season next week, and if they do, Durant could start it, get in a brief sweat and then sit the rest of the contest.

Quietly, the streak would end, and Durant could focus on the playoffs as he’d like.

However, to get into that position, Oklahoma City would likely need to win most, if not all, its games this week. For that to happen, Durant might need to give the Thunder a few more 25-point outings.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    It is over because it’s not a real thing. This is not a record like most points in a game or longest losing streak; this is just a numbers game that people get caught up in because the other guys who fit the mold of this particular numbers game were MJ and Wilt. This is no different than when ESPN says, “Russell Westbrook put up a line of 37-11-9 with nine steals. Joining MAGIC JOHNSON he’s only the SECOND PLAYER IN NBA HISTORY to put up that line!”

    • kanemoney - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Scoring 25 points in a game is not an obscure combination of stats like you compared it to (which I also hate). While drawing any line in the sand is arbitrary, 25 points seems like a reasonable one to me.

      It’s an amazing tribute to his scoring consistency, so I actually don’t mind it.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        What would be interesting to know is if someone had 23 points per game for like 50 games in a row….or 24 points. I wonder why 25 points was the “line in the sand”?

    • beach305 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      And he still doesn’t play defense

      • dablakdrphil - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        ^^^ Must not watch Thunder games, cuz his Defense has improved this season

  2. illegalblues - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Yep, it’s a pretty arbitrary demarcation point.

  3. fanofthegame79 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    It is an arbitrary number…and they do have silly stats for everything; however, for all of the players that have had the opportunity to get to this point and for none of them to do it (except MJ and Wilt and now Durant), we have to give credit where credit is due. Durant will win the MVP this year, and this will be one of the reasons cited.

    • kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Great point, fan79. To act like this accomplishment is no big deal is a joke. He is doing something only two others have done in the history of the NBA.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Thanks, kb2408.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Who thumbs downs “thanks”?

    • antistratfordian - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      It’s not even anywhere close to a record breaking streak, so we really shouldn’t even be talking about it. And it’s hard to claim some sort of major significance when the player is only joining a list of others who have done it before him – others who did it far better.

      Durant would only win MVP this year simply because James has already won it so many times, otherwise LeBron would rightfully take it again.

      • notinmyhouse56 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        I have to call bullsh* on this one. That topic was brought so many times that I won’t even bother to explain. Anti, you’re such a fanboy

      • antistratfordian - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        You won’t explain it or you can’t explain it? It’s fine to use foul language and call people names if that’s what you want to do – but it would be better if you substantiated that behavior, otherwise it makes it look like you’re all talk.

        And I’m being completely objective on both topics here.

      • notinmyhouse56 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        All right. From what I can say, relying on statistics – Kevin Durant has had a bigger positive impact on the game, scoring more points, grabbing more rebounds, having a higher PER and win-shares. His team has also won more games. If that is not sufficient for you there is also that unmeasurable feature – impressive achievements. Durant has put on this flamboyant streak of 25+ games, he has lead his team to a great record while missing Westbrook, he has been a clutch deliverer down the stretch, having a few wonderful moments in late-game situations and hitting game winners. The question is – why in the world would LeBron James merit the 2013-14 MVP award?

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        antistratfordian

        Duran’ts PER this season is 30.44

        LeBron’s PER this season is 29.21

        Here is something I bet you didn’t realize. LeBron’s PER the first season he won the league MVP was 31.7 and he lead the league.

        LeBron’s PER the 2nd season he won the league MVP was 31.1

        The year LeBron did NOT win the league MVP, his PER was 27.1

        The following year, LeBron’s PER went up to 30.7 and he won his 3rd league MVP

        Last yr, LeBron’s PER was 31.6 and he won his 4th MVP

        This year, his PER is below 30 again and Durant’s is above 30.

        This is why Durant will win the MVP this season… not because LeBron has won so much recently.

        Now even I think LeBron is a better basketball player than Durant but they are close enough where Durant HAS had the BETTER season this year.

        But even having the better season over LeBron this year does NOT make Durant a better player than LeBron.

        Now, if Durant has a better season than LeBron for two or three more years in a row then we’ll have to begin to rethink who the best player in the league is.

        Right now it’s LeBron even though Durant had a better season than LeBron did this yr.

  4. kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    KD seemingly has 20 pts when he walks on the court for the opening tip. He is the best pure scorer walking the planet. The Western Conf playoffs are going to be epic! OKC is the only team in the league that can beat the Spurs in a 7 gm series (Heat included). But the fact that the Spurs have home court might be enough to get them over OKC.

    • kinggw - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      OKC is the only team that can beat the Spurs in a 7 game series? I’m fairly certain the team that beat them in a 7 game series last year is more than capable of doing it again.

      • spursareold - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        He did mention WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS in his post.

      • kinggw - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Actually his post says OKC is the only team in the league that can beat the Spurs. He even put Heat included in parentheses, somehow you missed all that?

        Some of you hate the Heat so much it destroys your reading comprehension skills.

      • kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        The Spurs lost the Finals more than the Heat won. And the Spurs are even better this season.

  5. cantonbound13 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    MVP

  6. tmac4454 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This dude is a straight baller. I just love his game. It is going to be interesting to see how the MVP comes out. Loveable (KD), Man of the NBA (LBJ)…I am rooting for KD!!!!!

    • spursareold - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      KD will win. When you win a couple in a row like LeBron, writers start looking for reasons not to vote for you.

  7. savvybynature - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I thought this was the third-longest such streak? Doesn’t Oscar Robertson also have a longer streak of 25+ points a game?
    Also, for a guy who wants it to be over, he seemed to be trying awfully hard to get to 25 against San Antonio the other night when the game was already decided. He put in over 40 minutes in what was basically a blow out, jacking contested shots at the end of the game until he got his 25 at the foul line.
    Either way, it’s a nice streak. Doesn’t mean anything, but kudos.

  8. oregon59 - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I thought I had read in an earlier article and double checked. Oscar Robertson had a 46 game streak in 1963-64. So unless we’re talking era’s here, Durant is third (for now), but close to second.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      KD should win his first of multiple MVP’s. He’s the real deal, and more valuable to his team than LeBron is to his. Reminds me of the days of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson: both were mighty valuable but only one could win the award. Captain Obvious, over and out.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Career scoring averages for:

    LeBron: 27.5 per game
    Durant: 27.4 per game

    • kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      LBJ’s scoring average won’t get any higher…KD’s will. You can pencil KD in for 30-32 pts/gm for the next 5 seasons.

  10. harshedmellow - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Lebron fanboi here…… and a Blazers fan…. so giving it up to KD hurts. But he deserves the MVP this year. It just feels right. Good on him.

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