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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  14 responses

Kevin Durant Needs 70 Points Tonight to Win Scoring Title (UPDATED)


Unless Kevin Durant erupts for 70 points in the OKC Thunder’s regular season finale tonight, his run of three consecutive scoring titles will come to an end. Carmelo Anthony—the current scoring leader in the NBA, and expected to sit out the New York’s final game—likely has nothing to worry about.  Per the Oklahoman: “He has no shot,’ Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, half-jokingly, of Durant. ‘I guarantee you he won’t get it.’ Brooks, though, would know. He’s the man controlling the distribution of minutes, and he said Durant and the rest of the team’s regulars ‘are going to play very limited minutes’ in the season finale. It will bring an end to a three-year run Durant has enjoyed as the league’s scoring champion. Had he secured a fourth consecutive scoring crown, Durant would have joined Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to lead the league in scoring four straight seasons. ‘I give Kevin a lot of credit,’ Brooks said, ‘because maybe 10 games ago, if he was really focused on trying to get it four years in a row, he could have got it easily.’ Durant enters the final night of the regular season averaging 28.1 points. Anthony is averaging 28.7. But Durant has appeared in every game this season, while Anthony has missed 14 games. On total points, Durant leads Anthony 2,280 to 1,920. [...] Still, how much fun would it be to watch Durant shoot for 70? It’s been 19 years since David Robinson hung 71 on the Los Angeles Clippers on the final day of the 1993-94 season to surpass Shaquille O’Neal for the scoring crown. It’s been 35 years since David Thompson erupted for 73 points on the final day of the 1978-79 season before George Gervin wrestled away the scoring title later that night by scoring 63 points. ‘I’ll try if you want me to,’ Durant playfully told a reporter. The reporter then responded by saying he would love to see him try. ‘All right,’ Durant said. ‘I’ll try to get 70.’”

UPDATE: KD says on Instagram that he’s sitting tonight and won’t be winning the scoring title. Congrats, Melo.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.sorrentino.12 John Sorrentino

    Melo got it!

  • dannyb

    I respect his decision, but too bad, it was fun back in the day when the scoring title meant something. That Robinson/Shaq showdown on the last day of the season was awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    This is wack. What would be so bad about letting him go out there and jack a ton of shots trying to get the title? If he’s not in reach by the middle of the 3rd, then you sit him.

  • MeloMan1234

    YESSSS…. Congrats Melo!

  • spit hot fiyah

    i wouldn’t mind that either. 70 is asking for to much though

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    After 3 in a row, the value probably diminishes. He’s focused on that other title, and getting well-needed rest.

  • Dymez

    Though he can do what he wants, I hope he changes his mind. Situations like these were and always will be great for the league. Especially since during this point of the season, with the playoff picture nearly drawn, going for the scoring title is a great form of entertainment. Admiral’s 71 and Ice’s 63 are classic games because of it. The fans love it.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    There’s always the injury risk. I think it happened to the Spurs last season with Manu… Wanted to play him limited minutes and ended just getting hurt.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Everyone in the world knows he can’t even attempt enough shots to score 70 points with Westbrook playing with him. If he took 40 shots, Westbrook would take 50. No need to go for it. Great decision by Coach Brooks and KD.

  • ATL dynamite

    Guess it is time to bring this out,
    http://www.nba.com/history/features/moment-1978-scoring-race/index.html
    David Thompson (73 points) v George Gervin (63 points) in their season finales.

  • LP

    “Russell Westbrook has successfully ended Durant’s scoring title run of 3 straight…”

  • danpowers

    come on man, if durant really wouldve liked to get that title, he wouldve gone for it and sealed it already, which he didnt do. melo was great at scoring lately but we all know that durant can be better if he really wants to. i think it speaks for durant being classy not worrying about it too much and instead concentrating on getting into the playoffs healthy when the real games start.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Whatever man, you guys are no fun.

  • danpowers

    lol whats wrong with us? n what do you mean by “you guys” anyway?

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