April 25, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) looks at the scoreboard during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Kevin Durant wins third-consecutive scoring title; Kobe Bryant will not play tonight

Kevin Durant will win the scoring title this season after Lakers head coach Mike Brown announced today Kobe Bryant will not be playing tonight in Sacramento.

Durant averaged 28.03 points per game this season and becomes the youngest ever to win three scoring titles. Only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain won four-straight scoring titles. Jordan was 25 years old when he won his third scoring title. Durant is 23.

Bryant finishes the season playing eight less games than Durant and averaging 27.86 points per game. Bryant would have needed to score 38 points to pass Durant tonight.

Durant passed Bryant in points per game Sunday when the Thunder lost 114-106 in double overtime to the Lakers.

Durant extended his lead in the scoring race scoring 32 points in each of the Thunder’s last two games at home.

Durant scored less than 20 points only five times this season. He scored over 30 points 25 times, over 40 points four times and his season-high was 51 points.

Durant increased his scoring average this season to 28.0 from 27.7 last year. Two years ago Durant averaged his career-high of 30.1 points per game.

Durant was the most efficient in his career this season however shooting .496 percent from the field, .387 percent from three and he tied his career-high with a 26.2 PER.

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