There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
This week, Durant was too good to pass up.
In a 101-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night, Durant scored 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished our seven assists and blocked a shot. He shot just eight-of-18 from the field, but got to the free throw line 17 times, knocking down 15. The Thunder offense really struggled in the first half, scoring just 38 points, but Durant led an offensive explosions in the third period and topped their output in the first half by scoring 39 third quarter points.
The Thunder got back to work Tuesday in Memphis against the Grizzlies, the team that eliminated the Thunder from the postseason last year. Despite 37 points, four assists, four rebounds and a steal from Durant, the Thunder came up short. The rest of the Thunder combined for 50 points on 18-0f-53 shooting. Durant was 15-of-28 from the field.
The Thunder got back on track Thursday as Durant helped them rally from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat the Houston Rockets 104-92. The Rockets were held to just 19 second-half points. Durant led the Thunder with 36 points, seven assists and five rebounds. He shot just eight-of-21 from the field, but made 18 of his 20 free throw attempts.
The Thunder were back in action Friday night when they hosted the Golden State Warriors. Leading the Thunder to a 127-121 victory, Durant topped anything he’s done, well, ever. Durant scored a career-high 54 points on just 28 shot attempts. He was 19-of-28 from the field, five-of-nine from beyond the arc and 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. He also had six assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Plus, Durant did all of this while nursing a wrist injury.
Durant has been among the best players in the league for some time and very well might be having his best season. Durant was going to take home our prestigious honor before his 54-point game Friday night. That’s how good he has been. Durant averaged 40.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.75 rebounds per game in four games this week.