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

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.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James head-to-head, matching each other shot-for-shot.

The two stars each scored eight of their 12 third-quarter points in that stretch, Durant hitting two 3-pointers and a 15-foot jumper, James scoring on two fadeaways, a driving layup and a 21-footer.

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“Rucker Park,” Durant said, referring to the legendary New York City playground, when asked what he thought of that sequence.

“It was fun,” he added. “My teammates, they just gave me the ball and told me to go and make a play. (LeBron) got hot for a quick second, and I had to come in there and make an answer. It was fun. I'm sure the fans got what they wanted to see with that one.”

Did the two stars do any jawing during the flurry?

“We said some slick stuff,” Durant said. “But that stays on the court. He is a tremendous competitor, and I love playing against him. It was a fun game, and I'm sure when we play again it's going to be the same.”

Said James: “It is a fun competition. It's been a while since I've been able to do something like that and go at each other.”

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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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