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Kevin Durant, LeBron James trade shots for 14 points in 2 minutes (VIDEO)

Jan 30, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

When the Heat and Thunder face off we get a rare treat — the two best players in the game who actually go head-to-head for a stretch. LeBron James and Kevin Garnett guard each other. They want to show each other up.

And for a couple of minutes late in the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s Wednesday night win over the Heat, they went back and forth at each other and put on quite a show.

On the night Durant got the better of James — they scored almost the same points (33 for Durant, 34 for LeBron) but Durant had the bigger impact on the game with 7 rebounds and 5 assists, being part of a Thunder team that showed fantastic ball movement all night. LeBron had 3 rebounds and 3 assists and the Heat turned the ball over 20 times.

  1. stevecluffy - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Kevin Garnett? Really???

  2. holleywood9 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Not sure about the reference to Garnett. We will assume u meant KD

  3. mrp0po - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Two best players in the game: Lebron James and Kevin Garnett

    hmmmm.. Garnett more-so than Lebron but yes, best two

    • destimd - Jan 31, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      What a team ! Miami is not improve , there is no consistency, they are not a good shooting team; they can’t keep a lead. Again Allen becomes a problem, no 3s anymore; he prefers running with the ball and lose it most of the time. Lebron sometimes looks ridicule in certain passes.
      Really I do not know what to say anymore. I am leaving in Florida, I want them to win but not in this condition.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    That thumbnail used for this article is a really awesome picture

  5. raidmagic - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    “When the Heat and Thunder face off we get a rare treat — the two best players in the game who actually go head-to-head for a stretch. LeBron James and Kevin Garnett guard each other. They want to show each other up.”

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    How did Garnett guard James? Brooklyn didn’t play the Heat.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Garnett is that good at D that he can guard a guy even when their teams don’t play each other. Now that’s called shut-down defense!

  6. kb2408 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    You dudes are clowns. You know what he meant!

    • heat0212 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      You know who is a clown? kb2408, this guy seriously thinks Los Angeles will land both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Im crying RN. :”D

  7. antistratfordian - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    That was fun. But this description is wrong – LeBron and KD weren’t going head-to-head during this stretch. LeBron was checking KD the entire way, but Durant only defended LeBron on one possession – Jones was guarding James for most of this stretch and for most of that quarter. KD was being hidden on defense.

    In any case, I don’t think Durant had a bigger impact on the game – his teammates had a bigger impact on the game. For example, the Thunder built a 12 point lead to open the 3rd quarter without KD even attempting a shot – that’s how well his teammates were shooting (Jackson, Sefolosha and Jones had just made three straight 3s).

    Another thing is that Durant only had 3 assists. He was credited with an assist to Ibaka (his first one) that stretches the definition. Durant’s last assist came near the end of the game when he didn’t know what else to do with the ball so he passed to Lamb who was about 3 feet behind the three point line. For whatever reason, Lamb decided to chuck it from there – probably because they were already up 20 so why not – and because it was one of those nights, it went in.

    Durant’s rebounds and LeBron’s lack of them were just reflective of how well or poorly their teammates shot the ball. Miami missed a lot more than the Thunder did – hence more defensive rebounding opportunities for the Thunder. Most of Durant’s rebounds were balls that just bounced directly to him – he didn’t even have to move. I counted only 1 hustle rebound from Durant. And KD didn’t have any offensive rebounds, LeBron had one.

    On the flip side, Durants teammates were on fire – shooting over 66% from deep! (compared to LeBron’s mates at 14%) – Fisher was even banking in threes from 35 feet.

    So LeBron shot better overall (60% vs 52%) and defended Durant the entire game (KD only shot 7-15 for 46% and 19 points being directly defended by LeBron). Durant was fortunate in that he didn’t have to defend LeBron the entire game – he could conserve energy for offense.

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