Transfer over KG, and hiya KD.
Nets star Kevin Durant continued his march up the NBA’s all-time main scorers record in Brooklyn’s 112-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Durant scored 12 factors on 5-of-10 taking pictures from the sphere. After passing Vince Carter for Nineteenth-most factors scored in NBA historical past, Durant supplanted former Timberwolves, Celtics and Nets legend Kevin Garnett for 18th place.
Durant missed the complete 2019-20 NBA season with a ruptured Achilles. He’s considered one of few gamers in NBA historical past to document at the very least 26,000 factors in fewer than 1,000 video games.
At this charge, Durant can end his seventeenth NBA season as a High-10 scorer in NBA historical past.
He’s only one,335 factors behind Moses Malone (27,409 factors), who holds the tenth spot. Durant would cross Malone — in addition to John Havlicek, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes — if he averages 21.5 factors from right here on out and performs within the remaining 62 video games on the NBA schedule.
After scoring simply 12 factors towards the Raptors, Durant’s scoring averages declined to twenty-eight.8 factors per sport, making High 10 inside attain even when the Nets handle his load on the finish of the common season.
Durant would wish to attain 879 extra factors after passing Malone to catch Carmelo Anthony, who’s in ninth place with 28,289 factors however incapable of including to that quantity as an unsigned free agent.
Durant would wish to common 35.7 factors per sport and play in all remaining 62 video games to cross Anthony for No. 9.
Though he solely scored 12 factors towards the Raptors, Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn mentioned Durant was proud of the victory as a result of all 5 starters scored greater than 10 factors.
“And he feels completely nice about it after the sport, which was nice to see him within the locker room, excited that a number of folks have been in double digits,” Vaughn mentioned. “He at all times says, ‘That’s staff basketball proper there,’ and that was a first-rate instance tonight.”