MIAMI (AP) Le Bron James says no one can guard Kevin Durant without help. It's an unenviable task, especially when considering that Durant is on career-best paces this season and that he's scored at least 30 points in his last 11 games."Individually, he can't be stopped by any 1-on-1 player," James said.
Maybe not, but it's entertaining to watch the two superstars square off. "There's nobody that can guard him 1-on-1."Perhaps fortunately for James, it's never been a mano-a-mano scoring matchup, or else the won-loss records might be a bit different.
In 16 meetings of their teams to date, Durant has outscored James nine times. I wish I could play against him every night because he brings that competitive nature out of you."This roll Durant is on - averaging 38.5 points in his last 11 games, shooting 64 percent over his last six and guiding the Thunder to the best record in the Western Conference at 36-10 even without Russell Westbrook for 21 games so far - has James marveling.But James' teams are 13-3 in those games, including Miami's 4-1 series victory in the 2012 Finals. If the season was ending right now, voters would likely tab Durant as the one who should be hoisting the league's MVP trophy over James, who has gotten it in four of the past five seasons.As long as that trend continues Wednesday, James likely won't care - not much, anyway - about the individual numbers at game's end."I like going against the best," James said. James insists that he's not fixated on the MVP race, especially since the season is barely half over.And Durant isn't thinking about how what he does now might pay off with some hardware come May, either."I'm just going out there and having fun, man," Durant said. I'm not coming in saying, `I've got to do this.' I'm not one of those guys that predetermines anything.I just go off how the game is played and the defense teams are throwing at me and just play and be aggressive that way.