He scored, he shopped, he continued to help his team win, he mourned, he set records and he scored some more.
Yes, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a month full of non-stop action and emotion for Kevin Durant as he and his Thunder teammates head into the second of a four-game home stand at the Ford Center on Wednesday night at the Ford Center.
KD has gone full-throttle since the start of March, when he picked up where he left off with a scoring onslaught that has lasted throughout the regular season.
Through 11 games this month, Durant has averaged 30.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recorded three double-doubles and has scored at least 26 points in nine games. That includes his season-high-tying 45-point effort in MondayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 99-96 gut-wrenching loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
To drop 45 on a team is a commendable feat in itself. But to do it against the Spurs, a team thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s served as a model for success over the better part of this decade, is the next morningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s water cooler talk.
And that was just one day after he became the second youngest player to score 2,000 points through 68 games under the age of 22. Some guy named LeBron James did it in 65 games in the 2005-06 season.
Another notch on DurantÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s belt: in the ThunderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 104-102 win over the New Jersey Nets on March 12, he set a franchise record for 30-point games with 36 (and counting).
Now, this month hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been all peaches and cream for Durant. Watching his Texas Longhorns lose to Wake Forest in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was painstaking for KD, who played one memorable season in Austin. Of course, this season would have been his senior year at Texas, and he considers those Longhorns family, so it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just another loss for Durant.
But one big gain for Kevin came not even a week earlier, when he took a family in need on a supermarket shopping spree at an Oklahoma City Homeland Store. Working with the Thunder, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Metro Salvation Army, Durant provided $1,000 worth of groceries to a 25-year-old woman who has legal custody and is the sole provider of her six nephews and nieces.
A few days later, the March of Dimes announced that it wants to honor Durant and a handful of other elite Oklahoma athletes at the 34th Annual Sports Headliner Banquet in early April.
For now, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hoping KD and his Thunder teammates close out the regular season on a strong note.