(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has won the 2012 NBA scoring title. The news comes after the Los Angeles Lakers said that guard Kobe Bryant will sit out Thursday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
Durant finished the regular season averaging 28.03 points per game.
“It means a lot to be mentioned with those guys, greats of the game that paved the way for me,” Durant told ESPN. “It’s just a testament to how hard I’ve worked since coming to this league and the hours I put in with my coaches every day, it’s cool.”
For Bryant, his main focus is being ready to go for the first round of the playoffs.
“The scoring title is not that important. We know I can do it. We know I can go out and score 38 points. The most important thing is sending the right message to the group, which is putting a championship above all else. That means rest. That means letting other guys play. That means us getting ready for Sunday [for the playoff opener],” Bryant told ESPNLosAngeles.com.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN