The little brother keeps leaping, keeps groping, keeps trying. But LeBron James keeps holding everything – the victories and the trophies – a bit out of reach. It happened again Thursday, when Kevin Durant overcame an 0-for-7 start and a nasty thud to the floor to score 40 points, including 22 in the second half. It happened again, even as the Thunder converted 33-of-34 shots from the line, and even as their coach, Scott Brooks, finally relented and shelved the superfluous Kendrick Perkins for a smaller lineup that led a comeback from a 23-point deficit.
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