Cast your mind back to January 5th. That was the last time Kevin Durant failed to score at least 25 points in a game, with last night’s 106-94 win against the San Antonio Spurs no different.
He continued his scoring streak by putting up 28 points against the San Antonio Spurs, which takes his tally up to 39 consecutive games, placing him just one game behind Michael Jordan’s run of 40 straight.
However he had to fight for every single one of those points because San Antonio were dogged defensively all game.
Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and even Boris Diaw all got a crack at the NBA’s deadliest scorer, and whenever possible the rest of the team would help out by double-teaming every so often.
That resulted in K.D being held to 12 points on just 4-13 shooting at the half.
Although having said that, it wasn’t all due to great defense, because Durant did miss quite a few wide open shots in the second quarter particularly.
Nonetheless, the second half came and he looked more like the player that we know and love (or hate), thanks to some bullish play inside the arc after his three-point shot abandoned him - 0-4 on 3 point attempts all night. That seemingly paid dividends as he shot 50 percent (7-13) the rest of the way.
After the game he reflected on his performance with TNT’s David Aldridge: “They closed out the paint and I missed some shots too.
"But I stayed aggressive, it’s who I am. If my shots aren’t falling I’ll keep shooting. I know my teammates will keep looking for me and in the second half, we managed to get it going.”
More importantly though, this was OKC’s fourth victory over the Spurs this season, which happened to end an impressive 19 game winning streak, as well as making for a close finish to the season in the Western Conference.
Durant and Co. are now three games behind the Spurs in the race for home court advantage in the playoffs, left with eight games to catch last year’s NBA Finals’ runner up, starting with a visit to the Houston Rockets tonight.
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