By scoring 45 points Monday night against the Spurs, Kevin Durant
passed LeBron James
as the league’s leading scorer. Both are averaging 29.7 points. Both have played 69 games. Durant has scored 2,052 points, James 2,048.
The Rockets lead the season series 3-0 but the two teams haven’t played in more than three months. A lot has changed. Houston traded Carl Landry
, a Thunder killer, to Sacramento for guard Kevin Martin
The Rockets, who have won 13 consecutive games against the Thunder/Sonics dating back to 2006, also acquired Jarred Jeffries
from the Knicks while the Thunder traded for backup point guard Eric Maynor
. Houston will be playing without Shane Battier
"It will be a different game,” said Thunder forward Nick Collison
. "That being said, it will be another hard fought game. (Luis) Scola
has had great games against us and Kevin Martin has given us problems in the past. They’re fighting for a playoff spot, too.”
has been sidelined the past two weeks by a strained hamstring. The original estimate is the Thunder’s rookie shooting guard would be out two to four weeks.
"James is staying in the best shape he can,” Brooks said. "I like what he’s doing. I don’t know when (he’ll return) but he’s getting closer.”