Kevin Durant's latest 20+ point game takes him past Kobe Bryant's previous best

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In all the excitement and euphoria surrounding Golden State's chase of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant's final campaign in the NBA, some people may not have noticed that Kevin Durant is putting together another incredibly strong season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

After missing much of 2014-15 through a catalogue of different injuries, the 2014 MVP returned to action with a point to prove. Alongside triple-double king Russell Westbrook, they have taken the Thunder to homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs and a third-placed finish in the Western Conference. 

While Westbrook has been taking many of the plaudits for stuffing the stats sheet 18 times this season, Durant has been producing a level of scoring that puts him up there with some of the greatest to ever grace the hardwood. 

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It is no secret that KD can score the ball. He has made a living from posting high numbers night after night, never averaging below 20 points per game through a season. This campaign has seen him show an incredible level of consistency. He is averaging 28.1 points per night and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field, including 38.4 percent from behind the arc. 

However, it is his incredible consistency from the off this season that has caught the eye. Since returning from a hamstring injury picked up against the Washington Wizards in November, the forward has embarked on a run of 64 games without scoring less than 20 points. 

His 34 points in the 112-79 win over the L.A. Lakers - Kobe Bryant's final road game in his NBA career - took him past the Black Mamba's personal record of consecutive games scoring at least 20. 

The five-time champion and future Hall of Fame enshrinee notched up 63 consecutive games from December 2005 to November 2006. His run began with a 23-point performance against the Chicago Bulls and continued until the end of the campaign as Bryant led the league in scoring. 

It came to an end during the second game of the following season as he scored 15 in a loss to the Seattle SuperSonics. 

Durant kicked off his run with 27 points against the Utah Jazz and will likely continue into the 2016-17 campaign. Had KD not picked up the injury that caused him to miss six games, his scoring record this season may have been even more impressive. 

Those 16 minutes of action against the Wizards, where he scored 14 points, was the only time in 72 outings that he has failed to surpass 20. 

The 27-year-old is still some way off Wilt Chamberlain's incredible level of consistency. From October 1961 to January 1963, the Stilt recorded 126 consecutive games with at least 20 points. He recorded another 92 straight from February 1963 to March 1964. 

Having averaged 27.4 points throughout his career, there is no reason Durant couldn't potentially chase down the record. But it is a tall order, to say the least.

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