LeBron James calls Kevin Durant his inspiration

OKC THUNDER NOTEBOOK — Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year tells the magazine Kevin Durant is his inspiration. Said LeBron James, “We're driving one another.”
by Darnell Mayberry Published: December 5, 2012
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photo - Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks up during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Washington. The Wizards won 105-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: VZN114
Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks up during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Washington. The Wizards won 105-101. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: VZN114

Still, the attempt generated so much buzz that Durant was asked about it after the game, specifically why he didn't jump even higher.

“I didn't have no more left in the tank, man,” Durant said. “I wanted to finish it so bad. I know Dray from him playing in D.C., and that's where I'm from. So I would talk a little trash to him after that one. But I'm glad I got to the free throw line and got two shots.”

Asked where the dunk would have ranked, Durant didn't hesitate.

“That probably would have been my best dunk ever,” he said. “I don't think it would have been the best that you've seen in the NBA. But that would have probably been my personal best.”

STREAKING

With a 117-111 win at Brooklyn on Tuesday, the Thunder now has scored at least 100 points in 10 straight games.

It's the longest such streak in the franchise's Oklahoma City era and the longest since the Sonics also had a 10-game streak in December 1997, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

If the Thunder extends its streak to 11 games with a win Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, it will be the franchise's longest streak since 1995, when the Sonics scored at least 100 points in 19 straight games.

The Thunder is 13-1 when it scores at least 100 points and is averaging a league-best 105.7 points. Currently, the Thunder is outscoring opponents by a league-best 9.6 points per game. Should the Thunder end the season with its current scoring margin it would mark the NBA's largest scoring differential since Boston won by an average of 10.3 points during its 2008 championship season.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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