Monday, January 20, 2014
Kevin Durant in good 50-point company
By Marc Stein
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.