There is no question at this point that Kevin Durant has been the best player in the NBA this season from a production standpoint, and his MVP candidacy over LeBron James should be questioned no more.
Durant has had a ridiculous year, and he appears to have no interest in slowing down or taking it easy with the season winding down. That’s good news for the Oklahoma City Thunder, because they are still trying to take back the first seed of the Western Conference over the streaking San Antonio Spurs.
On Friday in double overtime against the Toronto Raptors, Durant made sure his team would not leave Air Canada Centre without a victory. Down by two points with 8.8 seconds remaining in the game, the forward launched a 3-pointer with Amir Johnson draped all over him.
Cash, ball game.
Durant’s stat line looked like it came straight out of a video game: 51 points, seven 3-pointers made, 12 rebounds, seven assists, a block and a steal. If you missed the game, here is how he scored all of his field goals:
With the impressive and gutsy win, the Thunder managed to stay 1 1/2 games behind the Spurs. Meanwhile, Kendrick Perkins, who has been out since February 20 due to a groin injury, saw the amazing game go down and shared his excitement over his dominant teammate:
All I have to say is KEVIN DURANT better know as KDTreyFive. Ya feel me?
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 22, 2014
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