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Kevin Durant Faces Biggest Test in Current Hot-Streak: LeBron James

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Jared PorterCorrespondent IIJanuary 28, 2014

If you don't already know, Kevin Durant and LeBron James will be participating in the same game Wednesday night.

Get your popcorn ready, stack up on refreshments and make sure your favorite recliner is functioning properly, because this is going to be entertaining. 

We're all pretty familiar with the numbers by now for Durant's unbelievable season: 11 straight games of 30 or more points, 36.9 PPG in the month of January, six games scoring 40 or more points, etc.

The numbers are awe-striking, enough so that Durant has created a gap between himself and LeBron in the MVP race. 

Oh, and Durant has been given a cool nickname by his fans and followers thanks to his recent tear: The Slim Reaper. 

Slim Reaper. #KD #ThunderUp

— Dillon Young (@dillonyoung) January 23, 2014

From KD to Durantula. Iceberg Slim to the Slim Reaper! #NBA #OKCvSAS

Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) January 23, 2014

This @KDTrey5 "Slim Reaper" artwork is FLAWLESS (credit: Jamie Rockaway) pic.twitter.com/f9lGjnIGcy

SportsNation (@SportsNation) January 24, 2014

Durant has undeniably been on a higher level than any other player in the NBA, including LeBron. And if you don't think LeBron has taken notice, think again. 

"I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. ... Man," James told ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh.

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The shooting numbers LeBron threw out for Durant weren't just guesstimates. The game Durant went 16-for-32 was against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the 14-for-34 game was against the Utah Jazz

It seems like LeBron is getting updates on Durant, but from where?

ESPN reporter Michael Wallace tweeted a quote from LeBron revealing—probably jokingly—where he gets his stats on Durant:

LeBron on Durant: "You know I know. It's like I've got a K.D. (app) on my phone." From folks keeping him up to speed.

— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) January 22, 2014

LeBron won't need his "K.D. app" come Wednesday night because he will be getting firsthand scoring updates from Durant himself. 

But this will be the toughest test yet for Durant during his 11-game streak of 30 or more points. LeBron is a little sore from losing his familiar spot as MVP front-runner. And being the competitor LeBron is, he will want to make a statement when he goes up against Durant and the Thunder. 

Heck, LeBron might even guard Durant for most of the game; something he didn't do, whether by choice or something else, in the 2012 NBA Finals. 

Needless to say, Wednesday night's showdown will be a must-watch for basketball fans as two of the best teams in the league—as well as two of the best players in the world—face off. 

So does everybody agree tomorrow's game should be decided by a game of '21' between Durant and LeBron?

At least then LeBron could shoot as much as he wanted and, you know, not be jealous of Durant's shot attempts. 

Follow @JaredPorter_BR on Twitter for more Thunder news and analysis. 






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