Kevin Durant ceded his three-year run as NBA scoring champion to Carmelo Anthony, announcing on Instagram before the regular season finale that he was going to sit rather than exhaust himself trying to score the 70 points he would’ve needed. Durant likely also will wind up a distant second in voting for NBA most valuable player to LeBron James, who claimed at Durant’s expense the championship that Durant desires last June.

Despite what he lost, or failed to gain, Durant just completed the most efficient and remarkable campaign of his career, one that placed him in the exclusive 50-40-90 club while showcasing his versatility and expanding game. As the NBA playoffs get underway Saturday, Durant not only helped the Oklahoma City Thunder withstand the seismic trade of former sixth man of the year James Harden to Houston — the Thunder’s first-round opponent — but he also has his team sitting atop the Western Conference for the first time since the franchise bolted from Seattle in 2008.

“I know myself; I always focus on the bright side. I figure everything is going to work itself out,” said Durant, who has lost two close teammates — Jeff Green and Harden — to trades in the past three seasons. “I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, it’s just going out and playing the game we love. So I took it as a challenge.”

The result has been a more complete and efficient player. Durant became just the eighth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from beyond the three-point line and 90 percent from the foul line. The other members were Steve Nash (four times), Larry Bird (twice), Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Price, Steve Kerr and Jose Calderon.

Among members of the club, Durant finished with the most free throw attempts (750), the second-highest number of three-point attempts (334) to Nash (381) and had the second-highest scoring average (28.1 points) to Bird (29.9).

“I hear about it all the time,” Durant said of the 50-40-90 club, “and it’s something stat gurus always talk about a lot. I just want to be a well-rounded player, as far as my shooting, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and free throws. I just wanted to be the best I could. I think this year, I’ve grown in that area. My three-point percentage is not as high as my career, but over 40 percent is okay.”