Thunder’s Kevin Durant Comes out of All-Star Break with Historic Lead in Points

February 18th, 2014 by Bleacher Report Milestones Leave a reply »
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has an NBA-best 1,699 points coming out of the All-Star break this season, putting him a whopping 361 points ahead of the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, who had a mere 1,338 points at the break. Durant's 361-point lead is the largest any player has had at the All-Star break since 1972-73, when the Kansas City-Omaha Kings' Nate Archibald had 1,810 points, 421 more than the Milwaukee Bucks' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,389).

In addition to his lead in total points, Durant, who has only missed one game this season, comfortably sits atop the league's points-per-game leaderboard. His 31.5 scoring average gives him a massive cushion over Anthony, who is averaging 27.2 points following a lackluster outing against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.

While Durant's 31.5 points per game would mark a new career-best if he can maintain that average, the Thunder's star forward is no stranger to his current place atop the league's scoring leaderboard. "The Slim Reaper" topped the NBA in both total points and scoring average in three consecutive seasons, from 2009-10 through 2011-12. His run ended last season, when Anthony led the NBA ...

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