Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 51 points in Friday's double-overtime win over the Toronto Raptors, becoming the first NBA player with multiple 50-point outings in one season since both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James accomplished the feat in 2008-09, per ESPN Stats & Info.
In a game that saw star Thunder guard Russell Westbrook exit in the third quarter with a sprained knee, Durant made 15 of his 32 field-goal attempts, including a game-winning three-pointer with just 1.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime. He also added 12 boards and seven dimes, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 1992 to reach 51 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in one game, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Speaking of the Chicago Bulls legend, Jordan scored 25 points or more in 40 consecutive games during the 1986-87 season, and Durant is now closing in on that streak, with 34 straight 25-point outings of his own.
Durant's ongoing streak is the NBA's longest single-season run of its kind since Jordan's aforementioned stretch in 1986-87, per ESPN Stats & Info. His Royal Airness did notch another 40-gamer in between, but the second streak was split between the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
Going back to 1963-64, Jordan's streak ranks second to only Oscar Robertson's 46-game run of 25-point performances to finish the 1963-64 campaign. The Big O also topped 25 in his first game the following season, bringing his total to 47 straight games.
With 13 games remaining for OKC in the 2013-14 campaign, Durant has a chance to extend his streak of 25-point performances to 47 before the end of the season. That would match Robertson for the longest such streak since the beginning of 1963-64 and pass Robertson by one for the longest single-season streak.
Lost in all this is that it's perhaps a bit surprising Durant only has two 50-point games this season. He's reached 41 on 12 separate occasions and has twice finished with exactly 48 points.
LeBron James averaged 28.4 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2008-09 campaign in which he produced a trio of 50-point outings, and Dwyane Wade also had three 50-point performances that season, while scoring 30.2 per game.
Averaging a whopping 32.2 points this season, Durant is still looking for that third 50-point game to call his own.