That gunner, of course, is sharpshooting superstar forward Kevin Durant, who tacked another chapter onto his fast-growing legend:
Kevin Durant has scored at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games, topping Michael Jordan's mark of 40 set in 1986-87.— Royce Young (@royceyoung) April 7, 2014
Is that exclusive company? Pretty sure that’s exclusive company.
KD's feat becomes even more impressive when you consider the season Jordan had back in 1986-87. To wit: 37.1 points per game on 48.2 percent shooting, all while hitting a paltry 18.2 percent of his three-point attempts, per Basketball-Reference.com.
We’re hoping KD enjoys this one as long as he can, because he’s not liable to catch the No. 1 guy on that list—Wilt Chamberlain, who recorded 25 or more in 106 straight games back in the early 1960s—anytime soon.
We’d ask you to wrap your head around that, but you’d most definitely run out of head.
Despite the loss, KD could clearly take brief solace in his own incredible feat, right? Right?
Durant on passing Michael Jordan's streak of 40 straight 25-point games: "I don't really care about it. I wish it was over."— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) April 7, 2014
You wish it was over? OK, well, uh, we don't.
We'll let Durant lick his wounds and regather his perspective. Because you know a guy is really good when Jordan himself—a guy who’d have a hard time heaping praise on Gandhi—makes a point to skirt this age’s classic GOAT argument and posit you instead, as MJ did in an interview with Ahmad Rashad. You as in Kevin Durant. Not me. Or you. Either of those would be silly.
His Airness has spoken, y’all.
With only six games left to play, it’ll be interesting to see how concerned KD is with extending the streak to 47. Doing so means he'd surpass Oscar Robertson, who had 46 straight games with 25 or more points back in the 1963-64 season.
Even if KD decides to sit a game or two, that presumably won’t affect the record, meaning he might well begin next season with fresh legs, raring to push as far toward Wilt as possible.
That would mean doing it for another 60 games, of course.
So, I suppose the moral of this story is Wilt Chamberlain was an alien.