Kevin Durant continues to run roughshod over NBA, drops 43 on Lakers in win (video)
Kevin Durant arguably is having one of the more dominant, awe-inspiring scoring runs by a player in NBA history. “The Slim Reaper” poured in 43 points (19 points alone in the money time of the 4th quarter) on the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, as the Oklahoma City Thunder won at Staples Center by a score of 107-103 and headed into the All-Star Break with a league-best 43-12 record and riding a 3-game winning streak.
Durant now has eight games of over 40 points this season, which ties what Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant accomplished last year to lead the NBA in 40+ point games over the entire season.
KD’s MVP-caliber performance — Trail Blazer Mo Williams said on one night, Durant could have scored on Jesus — in the NBA’s unofficial first-half of the season was highlighted by a run in January when he scored at least 30 points in 12 consecutive games.
In what could be a career game for most players in the NBA, Durant characterized his performance as “terrible.” While he did score 43 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, he did struggle with his shot a bit, going 14-33 from the field. Going 3-13 from three-point range certainly contributed to his less-than-spectacular shooting night.
“I was terrible the whole game,” Durant said afterward in the locker room as he perused the box score, according to a Lee Jenkins column on SI.com.
In other words, Kevin Durant? If on self-characterized “terrible” nights, to be able to score 43 points? Yeah, he’s good at playing basketball and stuff. I credit his new bulldog puppy, Zo, but that’s probably just me.