On this day in history, January 18th of 2013, Kevin Durant scored a then career high of 52 points against the Dallas Mavericks. That career high was just 1 day away from being a year old when Durant scored 54 in 2014 in an amazing performance against the Golden State Warriors.
Unlike the performance against the Warriors when Durant seemed like he couldn’t miss a shot, on this night, Durant struggled from the field – missing 18 of 31 shots – but made a living at the free throw line: perfect 21 for 21 from the stripe.
“If I look like I’m out there panicking, my teammates will look at me and feel the same way. I’ve got to be cool. If I miss a shot, so be it. I’m sure opportunity will come back around sooner or later.”
Those opportunities came after OJ Mayo sank a 3 pointer to force OT.
Durant then scored 9 of OKC’s 12 points in the extra session including a jumper with 16.5 seconds to give the Thunder a victory and himself a career high.