Second to none this year

Kevin Durant is usually the best player on the court with one exception and that’s when he shares the court with LeBron James as he does tonight in Miami.

Durant and the Thunder finished second to the Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals and the former Longhorn has also finished second to the King in the NBA MVP voting.

And the Heat have won their last three matchups against the Thunder. Durant had 33 and 40 points in the two meetings last year but his team was on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

But recently, ever since Russell Westbrook went down in December, the Thunder superstar has been second to none.

Here’s a little look at some of his notes and numbers recently:

Better than ever

Kevin Durant has taken his game from great to greater in the absence of Russell Westbrook to keep Oklahoma City at or near the top of the West. A look at some of his amazing numbers recently.

Durant has recorded five separate 40-point games in January after scoring 41 against Atlanta on Monday. Durant had 54 in a win over Golden State.

Durant has scored 30-plus points in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak of his career. The team is 22-6 when Durant hits the 30–point mark.

Over his past 13 games Durant is averaging 37.8 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the field.

Durant recorded his fifth career triple double on Jan. 25 in a win over Philadelphia with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. He had 32-10-12 against Minnesota in December and also added four steals and four blocks in that triple double, making him the first player in NBA history to do that since blocks and steals became official stats in 1973-74.

For the season Durant is averaging career highs in assists (5.2) and steals (1.53) and is currently on pace to join the 50/40/90 club for shooting percentages from the floor, 3-point arc and free-throw line. He averages 31.3 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Most 45-Point Games, Single Month

5 — 2006-07 Kobe Bryant

5 — 2005-06 Kobe Bryant

4 — 2013-14 Kevin Durant

4 — 1987-88 Dominique Wilkins

4 — 1986-87 Michael Jordan

4 — 1986-87 Michael Jordan

(Since 1976-77 merger)

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