The Stat Line of the Night – 1/31/10 – Kevin Durant
We always knew Kevin Durant would be really good, we just didn’t think it would be this soon. Yesterday he had a ridiculous game to help lead his Thunder over the lowly Golden State Warriors. It isn’t unusual for Durantula to score a lot of points this season, but he went above and beyond with yesterday’s performance.
Everything about his game was efficient and fun to watch. By scoring 45 points, he passed LeBron James to take over second place in the NBA scoring race this season. That’s not all he did though. He managed to score that many points on just 21 shots, going 16-21 and hitting 10 of his 11 free throws. He also hit 2-3 three-pointers. Too one-dimensional for you? What about other statistical categories you say? Well he also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished 2 assists and had 2 steals. The man is an unstoppable monster in only his 3rd NBA season. He may not be a front-runner for MVP, but his name is definitely in the discussion.
Not only has Durant been sensational statistically, he has lifted his team up as well. With a supporting cast of mostly other young players, he has raised the Thunder from a league bottom-feeder into a playoff contending team. After yesterday’s win, they stand at 26-21, good for a share of the 8th seed in the West.
Durant’s 45 points and 11 rebounds earn him “The Stat Line of the Night”, and if he continues at this frenetic pace, his numbers could earn him a scoring title, a playoff berth, and even possibly an MVP.