HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant tried to act as though he hadn't seen or heard LeBron James' latest comments about him.
"What he say?" Durant asked, rhetorically.
"How can I not see it? It's been on CNN. It's been on ABC, FOX Sports. Man, it's been everywhere. Ya'll blowing that out of proportion, man. I mean, I'm pretty sure, matter of fact, I'm 100 percent sure LeBron can do whatever he wants."
The Miami Heat star made headlines earlier this week when he told ESPN.com that he is "jealous" of Durant's freedom to shoot until his heart's content.
"I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. ...Man," James was quoted as saying.
"There are games when I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I'm like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don't I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it."
James is averaging a career-low 16.2 shot attempts but shooting a career-high 58.7 percent from the field. He's purposely dedicated himself to being a more efficient scorer over the past two seasons, and he still sacrifices shot attempts to orchestrate the Heat offense and get teammates involved.
Durant, meanwhile, benefits from a less balanced approach with the Thunder and a system predicated on the team's two stars, Durant and Russell Westbrook, staying in attack mode as scorers. Consequently, Durant averages more shots.
This season, Durant is averaging 19.4 shot attempts, largely because Westbrook has been sidelined. Durant averaged just 18 shots with Westbrook in the lineup.
"There's probably a handful of times I shot 30 times," Durant said. "I'm sure he's shot more 30-shot games than I have over his career. But I guess the guy is just trying to challenge himself. I don't know. But you guys are blowing that up for no reason."
If you're scoring at home, James has 27 30-shot games in his 11 NBA seasons. In his seven seasons, Durant has seven 30-shot nights, the equivalent of James' 30-shot games in the 2005-06 season.