Kevin Durant entered Friday night's contest against the Houston Rockets aiming to find his way into the company of legends.
After 39 consecutive games of scoring at least 25 points, just one more was needed to tie all-time great Michael Jordan's streak of 40. NBA Stats tweeted the impending phenomenon:
Despite losing 111-107 to the Rockets, Durant reached his goal in thrilling fashion. After a couple of late-game threes, he recorded a total of 28 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on the game.
However, it didn't start smoothly for Durant on Friday. He had difficulty finding good looks due to the defensive prowess of Chandler Parsons, according to a tweet from ESPN Stats and Info:
The Houston Rockets' official Twitter account highlighted the team's focus on stopping Durant early in the game:
At the half, Durant had only connected on two of seven attempts from the floor, including missing both attempts from behind the arc, but made all five of his free throws for nine points.
It was certainly looking bleak for his chances of tying Jordan. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders was left wondering if Durant could rebound in the second half, according to this tweet:
The second half started fast for Durant, as he connected on a jumper to boost his total to 11 points on the Thunder's first possession.
Durant added a couple more buckets and finished the third quarter with 17. The record was within reach, but he still had work left to do. NBA's official Twitter account laid down the numbers:
After missing a free throw with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter to put Durant within two points of tying Jordan's mark, it looked bleak for the Thunder forward.
Durant would not be denied.
Shortly after, he nailed a three, effectively hitting the 25-point mark and earning a place among legends.
Twitter was set ablaze.
ESPN's Twitter account kicked things off with a caricature:
Bleacher Report's Twitter account was spot on as well:
Fox Sports Live tweeted out a fantastic graphic:
The Thunder's official Twitter account let it be known where Durant stands in the all-time rankings:
Durant's prowess was on display—even when he has an off game—as NBA Guru tweets:
Durant's performance may have overshadowed the fact that the Rockets are now playoff-bound. However, that didn't get past Chamillionaire, according to this tweet:
Jeopardy Sports pretty much summed up Durant's night with this tweet:
Durant now continues his race for MVP honors and a 41st consecutive game at 25 points when the Thunder take on the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.
Phoenix is allowing an average of 102.8 points per game this season, which is good enough to rank 22nd in the league. The last time these teams met, Durant put up 34 points in a 128-122 Suns victory.
It should be safe to expect similar numbers this time around, as Durant attempts to pass Jordan with yet another remarkable performance.