Kevin Durant’s lead is so huge over LeBron James, a career-high effort by James probably wouldn’t even be enough to overtake Durant for the NBA scoring title.
Durant scored 30 points against Portland on Monday night to keep his average at 30.1 points per game. With one game left Wednesday at Atlanta, James is averaging 29.7. Since Oklahoma City is assured of finishing as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, Thunder coach Scott Brooks might sit Durant and other starters Wednesday against Memphis at the Ford Center since the game has no impact on playoff seeding. If Durant doesn’t play, James would have to score 63 points to win the scoring title. James’ career high is 56 points. If Durant does play, James essentially has to outscore Durant by 33 points. As an example, if Durant scored 20 points against Memphis, James would have to score 53. If Durant scored 30, James would have to score 63. BY MIKE BALDWIN