Kevin Durant in good 50-point company

January, 20, 2014
Jan 20
12:14
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Got some weekend brushback on this one when I tweeted it out Saturday, but I’m really not sure why.

Posting the first 50-game in the NBA for three successive seasons, as Kevin Durant has done, is not some random reach of a stat.

At least not to me.

Scoring 50 points in a game is too hard, too rare, to do any sort of scoffing at the short list of players who have managed to record the league’s first 50-point game in three consecutive seasons.

The only other names on the list besides KD’s, after all, are Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan.

Wilt posted the first 50-point game in five successive seasons from 1961-62 through 1965-66. MJ did so in four straight seasons from 1986-87 through 1989-90. And now Durant has joined them with a 51-point outburst against Denver on Feb. 19, 2012; followed by a 52-point salvo in Dallas on Jan. 18, 2013; followed by his 54-point eruption Friday night against Golden State.

All of which is worth a blog entry of its own.

To me.

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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