Durant has played over 600 more minutes than Melo, so I'd expect him to score more.
Originally Posted by Chrono90
melo also played 12 less games to rest his body
and his scoring spurt also is in the end of season when some teams sit out starters
Took games off to rest his body? More like because he could barely jump before he got his knee drained. By the way because of the injury that forced him out of the Cleveland game after just 14 minutes, limited him vs Golden State and forced him out of the Denver game before the second half, his average dropped from 28.6 ppg to 27.5 ppg in just 3 games. Without just those 3 games his average right now would be 29.5 ppg instead of 28.7. And he left several other games early, including the Indiana game when he didn't play in the 4th quarter.
As far as the scoring binge, the 40 point game vs Atlanta came in a game that was important for both teams, same with the 41 vs Atlanta, same with the 36 vs OKC, Wizards game wasn't important for the Wizards, but Washington had been playing well since John Wall returned, and Melo had 36 while sitting out the 4th in that game, lost the Chicago game with 36 points, another game that was still important to both teams, had 31 vs Cleveland in 30 minutes and 25 vs Indiana to clinch the 2 seed while sitting out the 4th quarter.
Overall, from the Miami game until they clinched the 2 seed, Melo averaged 37/10 in just 36 mpg. And in the 15 games since he got his knee drained, the Knicks have gone 14-1 and Melo averaged 33/9 in just 36 mpg.