Kobe Bryant has a chance to catch Kevin Durant for the scoring title when the Lakers play at Sacramento tonight.
Kobe is averaging 27.86 points per game in 58 games this season. Durant has now played all 66 games and has averaged 28.0303 points per game. If Kobe scores 38 tonight his scoring average will rise to 28.0339 giving him the edge over Durant.
Kobe has scored 38 or more points seven times this season.
If Durant hangs on to the lead he will become just the seventh player ever to win three-straight scoring titles.
Michael Jordan did this twice most recently from 1995-98. The others are Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan, Neil Johnston, Bob McAdoo and George Gervin.
It is amazing that Durant’s competition this season is the 33-year old Kobe. Even more amazingly, Kobe has won the scoring title just two times total in his career.
Durant has been the more impressive scorer than Kobe this season. Durant has played seven more games, shoots .496 percent from the floor compared to .430 for Kobe and averages 19.7 shots per game while Kobe is taking 23.0 per game.