The Charlotte Bobcats’ Al Jefferson and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant were named Kia’s NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month on Tuesday for games played in March.
Jefferson ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring averaging 24.7 ppg and ninth in rebounding chipping in 10.6 rpg. He shot .555 from the field, as the Bobcats went 9-7 to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Jefferson topped the 30-point mark on three occasions, while finishing with nine point-rebound double-doubles. He had six games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, pushing his season total to 22, which set a franchise record. In back-to-back games against Miami (March 3) and Indiana (March 5), he became the second player in the NBA this season to make at least 15 field goals and shoot at least .640 from the field in two consecutive games.
Durant led the NBA in scoring averaging 34.5 ppg. He also averaged 6.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists as the Thunder went 10-4. Durant became the first player to average at least 33.0 points in three consecutive months since Michael Jordan during the 1989-90 season. Durant has scored at least 25 points in 38 straight games, two shy of the record 40 set by Jordan in 1989-90. He scored 30 or more points nine times in March, topped the 40-point mark on four occasions and hit for 51 points to go with 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 119-118 double overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on March 21. Durant has earned Player of the Month honors four times in five months this season.