Kevin Durant scored a career-high 51 points last night in the Thunder’s 124-118 win over the Denver Nuggets last night.
Durant was super efficient getting his 51 as he went 19-of-28 from the field and 5-for-6 from downtown.
It may have seemed surprising to people that this is the first time Durant scored 50 or more in a game. He led the league in scoring the last two years but before this game his career high was 47 points.
If you had to guess how Durant would get a 50-point game it would have either been by getting to the line 20-plus times or getting hot from three-point land. He did the latter last night as he only went 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
Durant is shooting 51 percent on shots from 16-to-23 feet this year which is an amazing number for him. Last night he was only 1-of-4 on those shots and 2-of-5 on shots taken from 10-to-15 feet.
Durant did his most damage around the rim making 8-of-10 shots at the rim and all three of his shots from 3-to-9 feet.
Durant proves to be one of the most deadly catch-and-shoot shooters in the league as all five of his three-point makes last night were assisted.
Everyone will continue talking about Durant’s scoring night and probably forget Russell Westbrook’s amazing night. Westbrook scored 40 points himself, dished out nine assists and turned the ball over only twice.