Warriors’ Kevin Durant passes Magic Johnson on NBA’s all-time playoff points list
Though the Golden State Warriors fell apart in historic fashion against the LA Clippers at home on Tuesday night – as they coughed up a 31-point lead late in the third quarter – they still have one of the best starting lineups in NBA history even with DeMarcus Cousins lost for the playoffs. Specifically, they could expect that Kevin Durant, one of the greatest scorers of all time, would bounce back from a near no-show in Game 2 after Patrick Beverley somehow locked him up despite being nearly a foot shorter than KD. Early on in Thursday night’s game against the Clippers, Durant passed an NBA Playoffs legend in scoring: Magic Johnson.
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Lest we forget, Durant has done all of that scoring already in his career, yet he is only 30-years-old. Looking ahead of Magic on the list, it seems fairly certain that Durant will pass Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon during this postseason (3755) as well as Celtics icon John Havlicek (3776).
A little further afield is Larry Legend himself, Larry Bird, who finished his postseason career with 3897 career postseason points. Beyond that, at #10 all-time is Dwyane Wade at 3954.
Will Durant be able to put together a scorching playoff run to lodge himself firmly in the Top 10 in playoff scoring before he turns 31? With his brilliant bouts of scoring efficiency and penchant for turning it on in big moments, that certainly seems feasible. Only time will tell.