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Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-12-14


Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-12-14Kevin Durant may or may not attain the level of LeBron James. After all, projecting MVP-caliber greatness for a third-year pro who's just 21 probably isn't fair.

But it's clear Durant is making a strong case to one day be considered one of the absolute elite players in the NBA.

"I'm in my third year. He's in his seventh and he's been an All-Star almost every year he's been in the league," Durant said of the comparison with James. "He's been an MVP and been to the Finals, and I just got here.

"So it's tough to compare me and a guy that's done so much already. I'm just a guy who's getting started. I don't think that's fair to him or fair to me."

Durant and James shared the court Sunday night in Oklahoma City and share plenty in common. Both play the same position, small forward, and both are among the scoring leaders. Durant became the second-youngest player in league history to score 4,000 career points, trailing just James.

Durant was outscored 44-29 in Sunday's matchup and Cleveland won by 13, further illustrating the distance between the two stars and their respective teams. James added seven rebounds, six assists and hit five three-pointers.

"It was one of those nights where he was on fire," Durant said. "I think his three-ball will open up more driving opportunities for him. He's tough to guard. He's virtually unguardable. You just can't do anything about it when's he's hitting threes like that."

CAVALIERS 102, THUNDER 89: The upstarts from Oklahoma City held tough into the fourth quarter, but LeBron James and Co. proved too tough in the end. Cleveland pulled away behind James' 44 points to snap the Thunder's two-game win streak.

Oklahoma City held a five-point lead at the half before the raucous sellout crowd at the Ford Center. The Cavs quickly turned the tables in the second half, outscoring the Thunder 53-35 and by 11 in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant paced Oklahoma City with 29 points, but he also had seven turnovers. Jeff Green scored 26. Russell Westbrook was the only other in double-figures with 10 points, but he struggled with his shot missing 11 of 15.


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Added: December 14, 2009

 

 
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