Can LeBron James, Miami Heat Slow Kevin Durant Down?

By Greg Higgins
Kevin Durant
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It’s hard to argue that we are witnessing one of the most dominating stretches of games the NBA has seen in quite some time. Not only have the Oklahoma City Thunder won eight straight games, but their superstar forward is playing out of his mind. Kevin Durant has scored at least 30 points in 11 consecutive games.

The last time a stretch like this happened was in 2002-03 when Tracy McGrady did it in 14-straight games. During these 11 games, Durant is averaging 38.5 points per game. This streak has people asking the question, “Can anyone stop Durant?”

His next opponent, LeBron James, chimed in on the question.

“Individually, he can’t be stopped by any 1-on-1 player,” James said. “There’s nobody that can guard him 1-on-1.”

Unfortunately for the Miami Heat and James, someone on their team has the daunting task of trying to slow him down tonight when they face off in Miami. In the 16 games these two have played against each other, Durant has outscored LeBron in nine of those games but James’ team has won 13 times.

No matter which side of the line you fall on, tonight’s game is must-watch television. The two best players in the NBA will be facing off against one another in a showdown that matches one of the Eastern Conference’s best with the best in the West.

Durant is in the enviable position of wanting what LeBron has, and I don’t mean the MVP trophy. I’m talking about the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Durant is going to have to knock off the king if he wants to be king of the mountain. Right now that king is LeBron. Can Durant keep the streak alive? Can the Thunder keep their streak alive or will Miami continue their dominance over OKC?

Greg Higgins is a NBA writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter.

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