The Stat Line Of The Night — 1/26/11 — Kevin Durant
Last night’s game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder featured big performances from several top five NBA Draft picks; including Jeff Green (5th pick, 19 pts, 8 reb), Russell Westbrook (4th pick, 16 pts, 8 ast), Kevin Love (5th pick, 31 pts, 21 rebs), and Michael Beasley (2nd pick, 30 pts, 9 rebs, 7 ast). However, no performance was bigger than that of 2007 second-overall pick Kevin Durant.
The 2010 NBA scoring champ had the hot hand, hitting 15 of his 28 field-goal attempts and going 14-of-15 from the line during a career-high 47-point performance. He would also add an impressive 18 rebounds (also a career-high), two assists and two steals as he led his team to a thrilling 118-117 overtime victory at the Target Center.
The win helped the Thunder break out of a rut that saw them lose three of their previous four games, as they now find themselves only half a game back of the Dallas Mavericks for fourth place in the Western Conference. Most people think of the Thunder as an up-and-coming team that does not yet have what it takes to contend for an NBA Championship, but if they can make their way into the top four and earn home-court advantage in the playoffs, anything can happen. Especially when they have a player like Kevin Durant, who earns out “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, January 26, 2011.