OKC Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant-LeBron James matchup lives up to hype

The final three minutes of the third quarter in the Thunder's 112-95 victory at Miami on Wednesday gave us exactly what we wanted to see.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 29, 2014


Durant avoided comparisons of him and James to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

“No, I don't think so,” Durant said when asked if he sees similarities between the rivalries. “I mean, we've been in the Finals one time (against each other). That's it. I try not to get into that debate. Those two guys, Bird and Magic, they're on another level, and I try not to get into that. It's Kevin Durant versus LeBron James when we're matched up on that court. But it's Oklahoma City versus the Miami Heat. That's how I try to look at it.”


Derek Fisher scored a season-high 15 points against the Heat, hitting all five of his 3-point tries while adding three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a ton of energy and hustle plays.

“I thought that Derek Fisher really did a great job with inspiring us when we got down,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He made a couple of big 3s, and then everyone chipped in.”

Fisher's efforts helped the Thunder's bench outscore Miami's 39-21.


The Thunder went 16-for-27 from 3-point range Wednesday, setting a team record for made 3s. Oklahoma City had two more made 3-pointers than made free throws.


Durant on Russell Westbrook's case as an All-Star reserve — “If Chris Paul makes it he should make it, too.”


The Thunder will take on Brooklyn inside the Barclays Center on Friday. It's the second and final meeting between the two teams. The Nets won the first meeting, 95-93, on Jan. 2 in Oklahoma City. Tip-off is 7 p.m.


Tim Ohlbrecht had 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead Rio Grande Valley to a 125-113 D-League victory over Tulsa in Hidalgo, Texas. Mustafa Shakur, Mario Little and Reggie Williams each had at least 20 points for Tulsa.

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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