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Nets star forward Kevin Durant made some NBA history during Brooklyn’s 125-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. On a jumper he knocked down midway through the second quarter of the competition, Durant passed San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan to maneuver into 15h place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Duncan scored 26,496 points over the course of his illustrious profession — a number that Durant has now eclipsed.
You may see the bucket that propelled Durant past Duncan below:
The subsequent player in front of Durant on the all-time list is Dominique Wilkins, who scored 26,668 profession points. Then there’s Oscar Robertson (26,710) and Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946). Durant will likely pass all three of those players this season if he stays healthy. Because it stands now, Durant is lower than 1,000 points away from moving into the highest 10, so it’s only a matter of time until that happens.
Durant is a four-time NBA scoring champion and one of the vital prolific bucket-getters the league has ever seen. At 34 years old, he still appears to be near the height of his powers on the ground. If anything, he’s getting more efficient because the years go on. This season, Durant is averaging 29.9 points per performance while shooting a career-high 56 percent from the ground.
As a pure shooter with elite size, Durant has the variety of game that ought to age exceptionally well. In other words, the two-time champion could potentially proceed to pile on the points for years to come back. When all is alleged and done, he could conceivably find himself near the highest of the list.