The Warriors may have lost to the Clippers, but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from having a historical night. Durant becomes the second youngest player in NBA history and the 44th NBA player to reach 20,000 career points. He reached this milestone after accumulating 25 points in the game against the Clippers, where he scored a total of 40 points throughout the game. Durant was 29 years and 103 days old at the time of reaching this milestone. LeBron James was the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 milestone at 28 years and 17 days old. Kobe Bryant was the previous second fastest to 20,000 points at 29 years and 122 days old.
Extended standing O for Kevin Durant hitting the 20K mark pic.twitter.com/GfJzfC7uum
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 11, 2018
Not only is Durant the second youngest player to reach the milestone, he is also just the fifth player to hit 20,000 before their 30th birthday. This makes him part of an elite group of legendary players including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 11, 2018
If Durant can stay consistent and maintain his 25.3 points per game average since joining the Warriors, he’ll be able to become the ninth member of the 30,000-point club in 4 more seasons. However, with the way Durant is playing, it seems he’ll be able to reach that milestone sooner than 4 seasons. LeBron James is now 126 points from the 30,000 mark. Durant recently told reporters, “It would be nice to be in that 30,000-point group. That’s like the prime scorer’s number, 30k. I may have to play a lot to get there. But for now, I’m cool with the trajectory I’m on. I’m cool with the progress I’m making. We’ll see.”
Although Durant had a historical night, the Warriors were unable to come up with the win against the Clippers. This puts their season record at 33-9. However, the Warriors still have the best record in the league with the Boston Celtics right behind them with a record of 33-10, making this the Warrior’s 4th year in a row to have the best record in 40 games.
The Clippers were without Blake Griffin during the game while the Warriors were without both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry is out with a sprained right ankle, which was aggravated after slipping during practice. Thompson was out to rest.
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