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.