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After scoring a previous NBA-high 41 points in a win against Charlotte Hornets in April, Kevin Durant dropped another 51 as the Golden State Warriors took the court at home to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.
Durant surpassed historic figures set by former NBA player Tracy McGrady in 2002, when he notched up 49 points against the Detroit Pistons. Meanwhile, Durant overtook the New York Knicks’ George Gervin for most points scored in a seven-game homestand and set a new NBA record for any game in a regular season.
The 30-year-old forward enjoyed the evening and in a statement posted on social media, Durant confirmed he was happy with his outing.
“I’m so happy I’ve been able to improve every single season,” he told NBA TV in an interview. “This season especially, I know the little things matter a lot.
“I’m not saying that there aren’t nights where I go out there and don’t have the comfort and feel I had last year. But on this night I felt just a different rhythm, different kind of feel.”
Given that Durant has an 82-game season and the Warriors only played four preseason games, it is unlikely he would have been able to top that total unless he played three more games.
However, Durant has spoken about continually attempting to improve his game in recent years, and has clearly continued to do so.
Of course, it would not be Durant’s first-ever NBA performance that left the basketball world amazed, however. He was instrumental to Golden State’s back-to-back NBA championships and is widely regarded as the best player in the league.
Durant has made history before as the 29-year-old burst onto the NBA scene as a 19-year-old. He has scored at least 26 points in 16 consecutive games during the 2006-07 season, setting a record that still stands. The earlier version was also a seven-game homestand, with the season total standing at 60 points.
Durant has found himself involved in a number of high-profile NBA disputes in recent times, including a disagreement with LeBron James over who is the best player in the league.