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.
For the second week in a row, Durant takes home the honor.
Last week, Durant averaged an insane 40.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.75 rebounds per game.
This week, he was just about as good.
Durant started the week by leading the Thunder to a 108-93 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Durant scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, three-of-five shooting from downtown and seven-of-nine shooting from the free throw line. He dished out nine assists, grabbed six rebounds, recorded four steals and blocked two shots. He did all of that in just 32 minutes, getting a few minutes of well-deserved rest down the stretch in the blowout.
Two days later, in another nationally televised game, Durant went off again. He scored 46 points and still had another incredibly efficient night, shooting 17 -of-25 from the field, six-of-seven from beyond the arc and six-of-seven from the free throw line. He also had five rebounds and four assists. The Thunder rallied in the second half to earn a 105-97 victory.
A day later, the Thunder were involved in another western conference showdown when they hit the road to take on the defending western conference champion San Antonio Spurs. Durant scored 36 points, , grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked a shot and had a steal. He shot 12-of-22 from the field, which was actually a poor percentage compared to his last few games.
In the decisive fourth quarter, Durant was at his best.
“Kevin did his thing down the stretch, it was pretty remarkable,” San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
The Thunder defeated the Spurs 11-105.
The Thunder were back in action on Friday when they took on the Boston Celtics, but Durant sat the game out because of his lingering shoulder injury.
For the week, Durant averaged 37.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. It isn’t just the crazy scoring numbers that has made Durant’s recent streak, but the efficient way in which he is doing it. This week, he shot 62.9% from the field and 68.8% from beyond the arc.
On the season, Durant is averaging 31.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.