Kevin Durant turned 33 on September 29 and in celebration of the occasion, Nets Wire is looking back at the the two-time NBA champion’s top three performances from his age-32 season. Some of these performances were enough to convince basketball fans that Durant is indeed in the conversation for being the best player in the world, finally surpassing LeBron James.
Although it is early to say, these performances may not make it to the end of the year. With the season starting on October 19, this list may get updated very soon. But of course, at this very moment, here is where things stand.
Kevin Durant erupts for a 49-point triple-double in Game 5 vs. Bucks
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The 2013-14 NBA MVP put the league on notice in last season’s playoffs. With James Harden limping on one hamstring and Kyrie Irving out due to an ankle injury, the Brooklyn Nets were dangling onto their chances of making a championship run. Of course, these injuries occurred in the series versus the Milwaukee Bucks during the second round. Although it seemed like all hope was lost, Kevin Durant put the Nets on his back in Game 5 on June 15. The series was tied 2-2 which meant there was immense pressure on both teams to win this game.
Durant stepped up to score 49 points, grab 17 rebounds and dish out 10 assists all while playing the entire 48 minutes of the game. To put the icing on the cake, the 33-year-old hit a dagger on Khris Middleton from three to guarantee the win for Brooklyn. For sure, this performance belongs on top.
Kevin Durant propels Team USA to gold in Tokyo
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Captain America had a historic run in the Tokyo Olympics to lead Team USA to gold. Not only did Durant average 20.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 3.7 APG in the campaign. And not only did Durant break the all-time Olympic scoring record with 435 points for the tournament. But on top of that, Durant scored a game-high 29 points in the gold-medal game versus France to propel Team USA to a 87-82 win on August 6. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. This clutch performance for the red white and blue deserves this spot at number two.
Kevin Durant explodes for 42 points against the Indiana Pacers
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At number three, Kevin Durant’s 42 points against the Indiana Pacers on April 29 takes the spot. The Nets forward was without the two other members of the Nets’ big three, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. This did not matter at all though for KD. He orchestrated the offense, dishing out 10 assists, and he toyed with Indiana’s defense to score the game-high. His efforts launched the Nets to a 130-113 win over the Pacers.
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