It’s official: Kevin Durant is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
After leading the NBA in scoring in four of the last five years, it is safe to say that KD has had some monster games in his stellar career.
Here are Kevin Durant’s five most ridiculous box scores.
#1) March 21, 2014 vs. Toronto Raptors
Durant’s Box Score: 51 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST, 15-32 FG, 7-12 3PT
It took two overtimes and 52 minutes from KD, but by the end of the night he had put up the best game of his career. Durant led the Thunder to a 119-118 win by drilling the game-winning 3-pointer with just 1.7 seconds left. After hitting the game-winner, Durant didn’t celebrate, strut, preen, or dance. He just walked straight back to his bench with the ice-cold, emotionless stare of a basketball assassin.
#2) January 26, 2011 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Durant’s Box Score: 47 PTS, 18 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 15-28 FG, 4-8 3PT
KD led the Thunder to a 118-117 overtime victory against the Timberwolves despite a 31-point, 21-rebound performance from Kevin Love. But for as good as Love was, Durant was even better, scoring 16 straight points in the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City en route to his 47 for the game. KD’s 18 rebounds are still a career high.
#3) January 17, 2014 vs. Golden State Warriors
Durant’s Box Score: 54 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 19-28 FG, 5-9 3PT
The 54 points is a career high for one of the most proficient scorers in NBA history. Durant was absolutely on fire against Steph Curry and the Warriors, putting up 11 points during one two-minute burst in the fourth quarter to put the game away for a Thunder win. Oklahoma City fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” late in the game, predicting the honor KD would win at season’s end.
#4) December 1, 2013 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Durant’s Box Score: 32 PTS, 10 REB, 12 AST, 4 STL, 4 BLK, 14-21 FG, 3-4 3PT
Believe it or not, but Kevin Durant has only put up six career triple-doubles, and this one is the most impressive of his career. Once again KD lit up Kevin Love’s T-Wolves, going for 32-10-12 with huge defensive stats (four steals, four blocks) and hitting a blistering 14-of-21 from the field. The 12 assists remain tied for Durant’s career high.
#5) February 19, 2012 vs. Denver Nuggets
Durant’s Box Score: 51 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 4 STL, 19-28 FG, 5-6 3PT
This is one of four 50-point games in Durant’s career, and he got there on a scorching 19-28 (.679) from the field, leading OKC to a 124-118 overtime victory. Durant’s dunk with 4.4 seconds left in regulation tied the game to force overtime. But this night was not only about KD, it was about his teammates as well. Russell Westbrook scored 40 and Serge Ibaka had a triple-double, making the OKC trio the first teammates in NBA history to post a 50-point game, 40-point game, and triple-double in the same contest.