From staff reports
After Carmelo Anthony‘s end-of-season scoring binge, three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant really didn’t have much of a chance to win his fourth straight title anyway. As the two gunners ready for Wednesday night’s regular-season closers, KD trails ‘Melo by more than a half-point a game (at an average of 28.7 points a game for Anthony, to 28.1 for Durant).
That, the stats-crunchers tell us, means that KD would have to knock down somewhere around 70 more points than ‘Melo on Wednesday night.
Anthony had already said he will sit out the Knicks’ game against Atlanta, which left KD (his Thunder play the Bucks in Oklahoma City) just a David Robinson-esque performance away from another scoring crown. But early Wednesday, Durant officially handed over the keys to the title when he posted this message on his Instagram account.
Later in the morning, OKC coach Scott Brooks said as much (no doubt a tad cheekily):
So congrats go out to ‘Melo, who wins his first scoring crown.
KD and the Thunder will have to be satisfied with the best record in the West, no matter what happens — or doesn’t — in OKC tonight.