Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 9:30 am  |  59 responses

Kevin Durant and LeBron James Do Battle in Miami (VIDEO)

All eyes on the MVP duel.

The MVP duel lived up the hype — Kevin Durant (33/7/5) led the OKC Thunder to an impressive 112-95 road win over LeBron James (34/3/3) and the Miami Heat.

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  • Guest

    Kevin Durant is a bad man.

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Durant definitely was trying to take Lebron’s soul and ankles last night. I just hope he continues this in the postseason.

  • Blarmac

    That three by KD with 2:24 left in the 3rd quarter was huge last night even despite the lead they already had. Heat fans (the ones that actually showed up) were just starting to get riled up when he hit that. Buzz kill haha.

  • Evan Boland

    Awesome game despite the blowout

  • Tupack Shackur

    Gotta love it. This is why I love the NBA.

  • JJ Jones

    Kevin durant outplayed lebron last night. For those looking at stats lebron got his against everyone else but went 2-6 against kd. No more excuses I think its clear that durant has surpassed lebron individually as lebron could not guard him at all yesterday whether he can win it all this year or not remains to be seen

  • TBRK

    this game was pretty terrible……the level of offensive basketball in this league just looks awful these days.

  • Feez_22

    Man… kd is an animal. He cannot be stopped. can any perimeter defender stop him? he put lebron on skates last night. Dude had 33 by like the 8 min mark of the 4th i think. Could have dropped 40 but showed some mercy LOL. dropped 50+ on iggy. dropped 40+ on batum. Dropped 36 on paul george… this dude is a beast. All on great shooting percentages too…

    He’s the mvp. He is playing like he is the best in the game. I would like to see a heat/thunder finals. It’s about that time for that rematch to take place. Durant v george could wait. We need a prime superstar v entering prime superstar finals matchup, period.

  • Dfrance

    Really not a fair matchup. LeBron had to work twice as hard as he was guarding Durant on most possessions, then had to try and match him scoring wise. I know Durant can’t physically contend with LeBron, but it would have been nice for them to truly go at each other one on one.

  • JJ Jones

    Yeah that third quarter was as close to 1 on 1 as were going to see. If it was up to me I would have these two play a 1 on 1 game to decide mvp

  • Dfrance

    I wish LeBron had the same attitude towards Durant. I remember a couple of summers ago when the NBA stars were popping up in summer leagues everywhere. LeBron and Durant showed up in Baltimore with Melo. Everyone was fooling around, but you could see KD was going hard at LeBron every possession like the game meant something. lol

  • Dagger

    What exasperates me are all these “Durant crushed Lebron” headlines that are popping up this morning.

    It’s the worst kind of sensationalist, simplistic reporting that strips basketball of the things that really make it interesting.

  • Dagger

    Durant was awesome.

    But, you know, Lebron did outscore him, while shooting a higher percentage from the field . . . .

  • Feez_22

    yes. lebron did outscore him but… lebron dropped like 6 pts in garbage time. like… the game was over already p much and durant wasn’t scoring at that time.

  • Evan Boland

    Durant was still better last night, DESPITE the stats

  • JoeMaMa

    Away game, against the MVP, without Westbrook. Wins by 17. Durant is scoring more, rebounding more, edging in steals and blocks, shooting better 3s and foul shots…with Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher playing meaningful minutes. I love Lebron, but tonight he was second best. Feels weird to say, but no other way to say it.

  • Sizzle

    I’m sorry man, I disagree. This is why media has ruined sports. KD has been playing exceptional this year, but to say that he has passed LeBron individually is just impossible to say at this point. I can’t say KD has passed him due to the fact that LBJ is 4 time MVP, 2 time Finals MVP, 2 Time NBA Champ, 2 Time Gold Medalist. While KD has been on another level the past 12 games, I’m not ready to say that he has surpassed LeBron individually. Even if you ask KD he will be the first to tell you that he hasn’t surpassed LeBron yet.

  • Dfrance

    KD also said he has nothing to do with this run he’s on, its all Gods work, so he’s not the best person to ask for an opinion. lol

    For the record, I agree with you.

  • bike

    Has there ever been a better 6’11″/7-foot ballhandler than Durant? I cannot recall anyone of his height and length that has a better handle. It’s like KD is creating another dimension of player.

  • TBRK

    Am I the only one who saw an incredibly sloppy, uncoordinated, streetball pick up game??? This game was horrible, whats happened to NBA basketball? Seriously, I haven’t really been keeping up with the NBA as much as I would like to in quite some time, this was a real let down.

  • Mvp23100

    Exactly a 12 game stretch of an 82 game season I just seen KD not show up during crunch time in a playoff series vs Memphis him being unstoppable isn’t anything new this run he’s on he’s more then capable of doing it again but what happens in the playoffs when the game slows down gets more physical and those 35 footers aren’t falling will he make the right decision it’s yet to be seen and that’s why Lebron is still better he’s proven in that situation where 40 games in everybody’s confident and grooving when there’s not a lick of pressure

  • JJ Jones

    Isn’t that what fans of kobe said about lebron even though he was the best in 2010? Enough excuses anyone who watched the game last night could see that head to head kd will uploaded lebron and kept hitting shot after shot after so main claimed that lebron would” lock him down”. What do past accomplishments have to do with anything ? Lebron was better last year but this imo that is no longer the case. Kd 9-17 shooting against lebron. Lebron 2-6 shooting against kd.

  • JJ Jones

    Let me ask you something replace lebron last year with durant on that okc roster with no westbrook do they still get past Memphis with their bigs (who lebron is known to struggle against) and being guarded by tony allen I would say no.

  • Sérgio

    Man, I obviously know that its almost impossible to guard KD 1 on 1, but Lebron got roasted by him. I really expected him to at least slow him down.

    On the other side, we gotta point out that KD wasnt guarding James for the majority of the game, so he could conserve more energy. Also, if he guarded Bron, he would get burned as well.

  • pposse

    he only scorched bron in the third and beginning of 4th qtr. dont get too carried away. KD was gettin a lot of cheap buckets in transition in the 1st 2 qtrs. You can’t say Lebron was only 2/6 against KD and just leave out the face that Lebron was cross matching all game long trying to find KD to check on the defensive end meanwhile the Thunder were hiding Durant on the likes of Battier.

  • JJ Jones

    No we haven’t lebron said it himself he has chris paul and rose level ball handling

  • JJ Jones

    Did u actually watch what happened or did u look at the box score? Be honest.

  • Lloyd

    And he had more assists than LBJ last night too.

  • pposse

    personally i think KD gets away with carrying the ball on his second dribble with his left hand every time. Its a minor infraction and i dont have led tv, but his left wrist looks like it does a 180 flip constantly.

  • b

    its not even all star break lets wait to the playoffs to figure out whose really better…

  • Sizzle

    Head to Head LeBron was outplayed last night by KD, yes, I agree with that. I don’t agree with using that as a spring board to flat out say KD is individually better than LeBron. Usually when you evaluate players you look at the overall body of work to determine who is better. Like it or not, past accomplishments come into the discussion. Otherwise people would think that Melo was the best player solely based on the fact that he scored 62 points.

    Lets just agree to disagree.

  • Mvp23100

    We can agree to disagree I’ve seen Lebron wreck a defensive team by himself making scrubs look like allstars and even if he does lose that series It would take a lot more then the 5 games it took to beat Durant

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Yup… Lebron was too but he just play with a different mindset.. He doesn’t have to prove anything until he loses in the playoffs.

    I wish they did 1 on 1 matchups during All Star weekend.

  • notoner

    Weird, the Thunder was up by 10 at the start of the 4th quarter and there were still Miami fans in the stands.

  • raymondbonah

    Kd….hmmmm..is the game!!

  • keyon dooling

    i think he does that all the time, and i think it leads to his ability to put guys on skates because he gets away with it constantly. Great manipulation of the ball/rules by KD tho

  • therichardkirby

    How did DWade do?

  • TR

    I wouldn’t say LBJ got torched. You cant guard KD straight up for an entire game. The Heat was playing great team defense in the first quarter and then the offense fell flat and so did the defense. LeBron made stops on KD in the first quarter, but once he got it going in the second half it was difficult. The reason the Heat lost is because they were off, turning the ball over, and Scott Brooks finally benched his bigs.

  • pposse

    i agree 100% i wonder if the nba will take notice like they did with Iverson and take that away from KD. Its not even like i think he carries with both hands, just speficially with the left hand and especially when he does a left to right cross over.

  • uqk

    “…durant has surpassed lebron offensively…” << more appropriate
    scoring wise…this season

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Let me as you something. Put KD on last year’s Heat team. Ask him to be the Heat’s leading scorer and assist leader on offense, and ask him to be the Heat’s best rebounder, steals leader, and their 2nd best shotblocker. Ask Durant to guard David West and Paul George (depending on who’s the bigger threat at the time) for a 7 game series. Have him follow that up by guarding a combination of Kahwi, Tony Parker, Danny Green, and at times Tim Duncan (depending on who is the biggest threat at the time) all while averaging 26/9/6 on the offensive end to win a championship.

    How do you think that would go?

  • retrobat

    I’m glad god took the time to make sure KD could put together a string of 30+ games. Clearly, though, god is not a fan of Anthony Bennet.

  • JJ Jones

    All time list lebron is better RIGHT NOW and moving forward its kd

  • Dfrance

    Lmao @ I don’t have an LED TV!

  • JJ Jones

    Well look at kd’s history against indy. As for the spurs what happens if durant is given the open shots that lebron was ? Im sure as he’ll that it wouldnt have gone 7 games. Don u really think that Boris Dias could keep durant at bay for 5 games no.

  • JJ Jones

    In terms of half court scoring arsenal no just no.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Thanks for clarifying that. Far too many people comment based on just reading box scores instead of watching the game.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    You’re not acknowledging the defensive responsibilities/assignments that LeBron has every night, which is the key to what I am saying. I never questions KD’s ability to score on anyone. My question is, can he be as effective/efficient on offense while being asked to guard the other team’s primary scorers REGARDLESS of position (from Tony Parker to Tim Duncan, Paul George to Davis West, D Rose to Deng to Boozer, Kobe to Pau) all while leading his team in every major statistical category?

    It’s the same reason why Pip guarded the toughest wings against the Bulls, Artist/Ariza did for the Lakers, and Thabo does for OKC. It’s a whole different story when you’re carrying your team on BOTH ends of the floor!

  • 2chainz

    KD beating LeBron in the regular season is insignificant…so what if LeBron lost to KD, all that matters is the NBA playoffs right now for Miami and LeBron.

    You need to realize LeBron is Miami’s best perimeter defender, leader in assists, leader in rebounding and has to take a huge load on offense…some times he has to take nights off to conserve energy and with Wade in and out of the line-ups.

  • eulerFermat

    Only watched the highlights, and from the highlights most of Lebron’s points came against defenders other than KD. The majority of KD’s highlights came against Lebron, So while KD did do work on Lebron, I don’t think it’s fair to say who won the match up if KD didn’t defend Lebron on the other end. Having said that, KD is pretty much unguardable, but you have to give the King props for not backing down on the toughest defensive assignment despite the potential for embarrassment.

  • Michael

    I wish lebron had more of that edge and gone more at kd, he backed off somewhat, as though he didn’t want to make it 1on1 whereas kd was clearly all bout it. Mj, kobe, magic, bird, these guys would all step up to it, sometime s lebron doesn’t want to appear to dominate the ball. Kd outplayed him, but lebron also was passive up until halfway thru the first

  • JJ Jones

    Kobe bryant in the 2012 playoffs who do u think made him go 4-7 in game 4? Durant doesnt get nearly enough credit for his defense as he should.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    4-7 is above 50%! KD has taken great strides to become a very good defender. Put he doesn’t have the defensive responsibilities that LeBron does. C’mon now. Westbrook guardsthe tough pgs, Thabo guards the tough wings, and Ibaka guards the elite bigs and is responsible for being the rim protector…Comparing KD’s defensive responsibilities to Lebron’s in “must win” games isn’t even close.

  • JJ Jones

    This is the double standard I have a problem with. Had miami won tonight everyone would have said “see hes still no lebron” but because they lost its “the game is meaningless” ?

  • JJ Jones

    1/7 sorry it was a typo lol

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    No worries lol.

    I think if Westbrook’s knees continue to bother him, and Kendricks Perkins continues to be the worst starting center in the league, we’re gonna see a lot more of KD having to defend out of position, but for now, I don’t see any team asking more from one player than Miami does from Lebron – but that doesn’t mean KD isn’t the best scorer in the league and arguably the front – runner for the MVP right now.

  • 2chainz

    Beating LeBron in the playoffs means more than beating him in a regular season game that goes anybody including Paul George and Kevin Durant.

    If the Bobcats beat Miami at home would that be a big deal….nope.

  • Castrovi

    Lebron 2007 finals trip, check that roster it should answer your question.

  • JJ Jones

    Just look how good the eastern conference was at the time or actually never mind it wasnt very good at all. Bad comparison