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 third consecutive week, Durant takes home the honor.
Two weeks ago, averaged 40.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.75 rebounds per game.
Last week, Durant was just as good, averaging 37.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
This week, Durant did it again and was at his best on the biggest stage.
On Saturday night, the Thunder hit the road to take on the Philadelphia 76ers and earned a 103-91 victory. Durant played 44 minutes and scored 32 points on just 12-of-17 shooting. He was a perfect seven-of-seven from the free throw line. Perhaps most impressively, Durant had a triple-double, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. He also had two steals and a block.
Then on Monday, the Thunder returned home to host the Atlanta Hawks, who are quietly having a very good season. The Thunder entered the fourth quarter trailing by eight, but Durant led the Thunder on a rally. He tied the game on a driving layup with 2:11 to go and gave the Thunder a 109-107 lead on a 16-footer with 25 seconds left. After Paul Millsap tied the game, Durant hit a 12-foot step back with 1.5 seconds to play to win the game.
Durant finished with 41 points, five assists, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. He shot 15-of-25 from the field and five-of-seven from three.
On Wednesday night, the Thunder traveled to Miami to take on the two-time defending NBA champion Heat. After falling behind 22-4 in the first quarter, the Thunder absolutely dominated the rest of the game, led by Durant, who scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals. Durant shot 12-0f-23 from the floor.
The Thunder got back to work with another national television road showdown, this time at the Brooklyn Nets Friday. Durant saw his streak of 12 straight games with at least 30 points come to an end despite missing just two shots. He scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, but played just 30 minutes because the Thunder cruised to a 120-95 victory. He also added seven assists and three rebounds.
For the week, he averaged 33.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.75 assists per game. In his worst shooting performance of the week, he still shot 52.2% from the field.
Durant is putting up insane numbers and doing it in an extremely efficient way.
On the year, he’s now averaging 31.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.