Jan 18, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) and power forward Serge Ibaka (9) celebrate a three point play during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant passes Kobe Bryant, now in the lead in NBA scoring race


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The three-time defending scoring champion is now back in the lead in the NBA scoring race this season.

Kevin Durant has passed Kobe Bryant and is now averaging 29.5 points per game. Kobe and Carmelo Anthony are each averaging 29.2 points per game.

Durant only averaged 26.5 points per game in November but has really turned it up lately. He averaged 31.0 points per game in December and is averaging 32.3 points per game in January so far.

Durant’s recent scoring run has included a new career-high for him when he scored 52 points in an overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks last week.

Durant is putting up his huge scoring numbers in more ways than ever before this season. Durant is still a great outside shooter but now is scoring in the post as efficiently as anyone in the league and picking his spots better in other areas too.

Durant has a ridiculous true shooting percentage of 65.5 this season which is something that really seems impossible for someone who plays the way he does. He’s also looking to become just the seventh member ever of the 50-40-90 club. He’ll be the most prolific scorer to ever shoot 50-40-90 since Larry Bird.

It’s amazing too that Durant has been this efficient while playing more minutes than anyone in the NBA so far this season. Only Luol Deng averages more minutes per game at 39.8 compared to 39.7 for Durant.

Durant’s scoring and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s best record in the NBA has made Durant the leading candidate to take home the MVP this season. This year has already been impressive and it will be even more so if he can keep it up.

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