History has been made as Kevin Durant’s 25-point streak ends at 41 consecutive games in a blowout against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday.
Durant recorded 23 points against the Kings, just two points shy of keeping the record alive. In all honesty, it was the best way for the streak to end. Durant sat the fourth quarter and the team got a good win. The record wasn’t lost because he was shut down or couldn’t hit a shot, it was simply because the Thunder are too good.
The 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points passed Michael Jordan’s record of 40 consecutive games and fell short of Oscar Robertson’s 46 straight games and Wilt Chamberlain’s 80 straight games, which will most likely never be broken. Durant went the entire month of February and March scoring at least 25 points per game.
Nobody is happier than Durant himself that the streak is over.
Durant said in an interview after he tied Michael Jordan at 40 consecutive games that he wished it was over. Some may think that’s a weird thing for a player to say, but Durant has his focus on one thing and one thing only and that’s winning a ring.
Even though it would have been easy for Durant to pick up two points in the fourth quarter, Scott Brooks needed to rest him. There are just five games till the playoffs and if something were to happen to Durant had he tried to get those last two points, the Thunder could kiss their championship hopes goodbye.
Durant didn’t need the record to help out his credentials for the season. There’s no question Durant is the MVP favorite, averaging 32 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He is looking to become the fourth player to average at least 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a single season.
Now Durant can forget about the 25-point streak and completely focus on winning.
The Thunder are currently three and a half games back for first behind the San Antonio Spurs and look to cut the lead in the final few days before the playoffs begin. Home court advantage throughout the playoffs would be best-case scenario for the Thunder but resting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook wouldn’t hurt either.
The Thunder have business to attend to this week. The Thunder will face the Clippers Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Oklahoma City is looking to pick up a road win, they have lost three of their last four on the road.
The Clippers are hot right now; they have won 18 of their last 21 games and are outscoring opponents by 10.6 points.
Even though Durant is happy the streak is over, it is amazing what he has done. Fans have witnessed history. The record proves consistency in Durant. But, now that it’s over the Durant and the Thunder have to take care of business.