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What to make of NBA MVP race?
Expected to be epic, the Kevin Durant-vs.-LeBron James NBA MVP race has cooled a little bit, allowing players such as Blake Griffin to creep into the discussion. Or have they? The leading scorer for the scorching Los Angeles Clippers says it's still a two-man race, with Durant or James almost destined to take home the trophy. Is he right? If so, who wins it? Would Griffin get your third-place vote, or someone else?
LeBron, Durant in tight MVP race
We might have ourselves an NBA MVP race after all. Long considered a firm second behind the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, LeBron James poured in a career-high and Miami Heat-record 61 points on Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats -- Miami's eighth straight win. James still trails Durant in scoring and player efficiency rating, but the Heat (43-14) now sit above the Thunder (45-15) in the overall standings. Who gets your vote today? Who will win it in the end?
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Heat hammer Thunder in OKC
It's one game, it's one game, it's one game. But when opposite-conference teams play just twice during a long NBA season, it's hard not to read at least a little something into major matchups. Which brings us to Thursday, when the Miami Heat traveled to Oklahoma City, and slammed the Thunder 103-81.
The top individual battle, too, was intriguing, with LeBron James (33 points on 22 shots) getting the better of sudden MVP favorite Kevin Durant (28 points on 22 shots) -- all despite leaving with 5:50 left after getting smacked in the face while dunking on Serge Ibaka. The Heat's performance was so overwhelming, it overshadowed the return of Russell Westbrook, out since Christmas with a knee injury (Westbrook scored 16 points in 24 minutes, but had four turnovers to just two assists). Let's not forget, though, that a Westbrook-less Thunder smashed Miami 112-95 in South Florida less than a month ago.
Kevin Durant's nickname?
Can we all agree that you're not allowed to just up and give yourself a nickname? The whole point of a nickname is that it reflects what other people think of you, not what you think of yourself. That's our main objection to Kevin Durant saying he likes "The Servant" as a nickname for himself. Durant told Grantland's Bill Simmons of the nickname during a recent interview, saying he didn't like the nickname "Slim Reaper." It's too bad, honestly. You'd think a variation of "Grim Reaper" would come up more often as a sports nickname.