Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant: 51-Point Game Was One of the Best Ever

Peter Owen@@Peter_Owen1Correspondent IIFebruary 21, 2012

We all know the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant went off on the Denver Nuggets Sunday night. He rained in a career-high 51 points in a performance that will be remembered for a long time by those who saw it.

But Durant's performance was more stunning when you look at the stats behind those 51 points.

Durant took just 28 shot attempts to reach his 51-point haul.

Looking back at the history books, Kevin Durant's 51 points on 28 shots is just the 30th time a player has reached 51 while taking 28 or fewer shots.

Kobe Bryant has achieved this three times, LeBron James twice and Michael Jordan a ridiculous six times, the best of these being a 59-point binge on just 21 shots.

Durant's game is even more unique when you factor in that he only shot 10 free throws. Adding that into the equation reduces Durant's company further.

Durant is just the fourth player to ever make it to 51 points with such stats (28 shots, 10 free-throw attempts).

The last time this type of performance occurred was in 1996 when Michael Jordan scorched the Detroit Pistons for 53 points.

So we can see how great Durant's performance was, but what does this tell you about the man?

Durant was insanely effective.

Combine this incredible performance with teammate Russell Westbrook's 40-point night and Serge Ibaka's triple double in points, rebounds and blocks, and it's no wonder the Oklahoma City Thunder had a fantastic night.