Kevin Durant's Monster Night Puts Him in Exclusive Club with Michael Jordan

David MurphyFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

USA Today

The Oklahoma City Thunder's game with the Minnesota Timberwolves may as well have been called Throwback Sunday. 

Kevin Durant revisited a stat line put up by Michael Jordan way back in 1988. It wasn’t exact, but it was close.

Dig what Durant laid down—32 points, 10 boards, 12 assists, four blocks and four steals as the Thunder beat the T-Wolves 113-103. That is a ridiculous game. And to think that he nearly had a five-by-five.

What about MJ? On January 16, 1988, the Chicago Bulls were hosting their longtime nemesis, the Detroit Pistons. When that one was over, the Bulls had won 115-99.

And Jordan’s numbers? 36 points, 10 boards, 10 dimes, four blocks and four steals.

Of course, they’re different players with different styles. It hardly matters—these were, and are, a couple guys putting up outrageous stats and killer plays.

Check out Russell Westbrook with the sweet no-look dish to a streaking Durant:

Oklahoma City is now 9-0 at home with a seven-game winning streak. It was Durant’s first triple-double of the season, and it's doubtful that it'll be the last.