With Thursday's 29-point performance against the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant became just the third NBA player since 1964-65 to score 25 or more points in 30 consecutive games in the same season, per NBA.com/stats.
Durant's streak is the first of its kind since Michael Jordan topped the 25-point mark in 40 straight games between Dec. 16, 1986 and March 11, 1987.
During his incredible run, Jordan had 15 games with 40+ points and three games with 50+ points, including a 61-point performance against the Detroit Pistons on March 4, 1987. However, his Bulls went just 22-18 during the streak, and the team would finish its season 40-42, before getting swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Spencer Haywood, who is responsible for the third streak, also accomplished the feat on a poor team. He finished the 1972-73 season with 25+ points in 31 straight contests, but his Seattle SuperSonics only won 11 of those games on the way to an ugly 26-56 record. Haywood's streak wasn't nearly as flashy as Jordan's, with the 6'8" power forward topping the 40-point mark in just two of 31 games.
Thirty games into his own streak, Durant has gone over the 40-point threshold on nine occasions, highlighted by a 54-point outing against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 17. His streak doesn't quite match Jordan's for statistical prowess, but the Thunder have won 20 of the 30 games, including a 15-5 record without star guard Russell Westbrook in the lineup.
Unlike Jordan's 1986-87 Bulls and Haywood's 1972-73 SuperSonics, the 2013-14 Thunder have far more important things to worry about than individual records. Currently sitting just one game out of first place in a stacked Western Conference, the Thunder can't afford to think about Durant's streak.
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