Durant shows MVP form against Lebron in showdown
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 17:02
Kevin Durant came into the match-up between the Thunder and the Heat on a hot streak of 11 straight games with 30 plus points, and his 33 points against LeBron James and the Heat were enough to seal the victory, 112-95.
Nobody can stop KD right now. His shooting seems to get better and better each night he plays.
The matchup could be a possible preview of the NBA finals this summer, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves with the Eastern and Western conferences open for any team to take.
Oklahoma City is currently first in the west, while the Heat are second in the East.
All eyes were on the key matchup between the reigning MVP and perhaps the heir apparent.
Durant told ESPN before the game:
"To be honest, I'm going to be totally real, like, I don't go in every day, when I go into the gym and work on my game, I don't have a LeBron picture [on the ball], or I don't have his name in my mind when I'm going in there and working," Durant said. "It's all about trying to get better for myself. And I know how I feel about myself. I know the confidence I have in myself, but also I want to compete against the best, and I want to go out there and prove myself against the best."
James' outlook on Durant"
"He's one of the toughest covers, between him and [Carmelo Anthony], those are the toughest covers for me individually," James said. "It's a game within a game. You want to win but you also want to win your own matchup. I like going against the best. I wish I could go against him every night."