Kevin Durant Continues to Rip Through the Month of January in Thunder's Win Over Trail Blazers

By Brian Anderson

The amazing Kevin Durant came through again with 46 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s most important win since Russell Westbrook was lost to injury. It is their biggest win because they find themselves on a four-game winning streak after taking down the Portland Trail Blazers, who are one of the league’s best teams.

Just a few weeks ago, the world doubted that this team could even produce a winning record without their starting point-guard. Now they are looking as good as they have all season. The win tonight sent a message across that league that was sealed shut with Durant’s dominant performance.

If people are still doubting this team, then there’s something wrong. Durant has proved himself the ultimate leader, no matter how many shots he has to take. His efficiency has been off the charts over the last two weeks and he is not showing any sign of slowing down. Durant is averaging over 65 percent from the field in the last three games and has gone for 30 or more in eight straight for OKC.

KD was named Western Conference Player of the Week earlier today, and is a lock to be named the player of the month as well. Durant is shooting over 50 percent from the field in January and is averaging more than five assists and five rebounds. I should not forget to mention that he is averaging 37 points per game during the month also. His numbers are superior to any player in the league and he has become the clear-cut choice for MVP early this season.

The NBA has become Durant’s playground with Westbrook out. His play has propelled OKC to another level of greatness. There is no doubt that they are contenders for the championship when healthy, but no one figured that label would stick with Westbrook out. It is truly a scary thought, but imagine just how dominant this team can become before the end of the season. If they have not earned everyone’s respect yet, I get the feeling that it will not take much longer for the doubters to be convinced.

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