LeBron James and Kevin Durant, two of the best players in today’s NBA, both have 50-point games over the past few days. James made it against the Washington Wizards and Durant against the New York Knicks, with their rivals in eleventh and twelfth in the East, individually.
Both the LA Lakers (29-38) and Brooklyn Nets (35-33) face daunting struggles despite being stacked with whiz guns rallied to push through for a championship. The Lakers played .500 ball through early January before going 8-19. The Nets ran a large part of the period in the East but had a 3-17 faint in early January set off by Durant’s knee injury.
Their current placement calls for such exhibitions, and both the game’s legends have evolved and been conveyed.
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Skip Bayless chooses Kevin Durant over LeBron James
In Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe chose LeBron James’ 50-point game over Kevin Durant’s. He supported his claim with figures from the game. However, James’ toughest expert, Skip Bayless, belittled James’ efforts:
“LeBron played the Wizards. It’s the wizards without Bradley Beal. The records between the Knicks (28-40) and the Wizards (29-37) are about the same right now.
Bayless then highlighted the Knicks’ new play:
“You had a hot phase. Because they came to the Clippers, they won at the Clippers at 23, then they moved up to Sacramento – won at 16. This is not an easy task. And then they go to Dallas and win by 30.”
As for insights, James scored 50 points while shooting 72%, with 66.7% from the past. Durant accumulated 53 points, shot 51.4% and went 30.8% over the circle segment. James even had a superior free throw shot rate, but Durant made an effort and changed a few other things.
While the Lakers won by a welcome 13-point margin (122-109 on Friday), the Nets beat the Knicks 110-107 on Sunday — with Durant scoring the last seven points in a thrilling finish. Despite the fact that James’ 19-point second from the last quarter was the future, Bayless furthered his claim by saying:
“Closer versus non-closer. (James) didn’t have to close, I tweeted “Even LeBron can close this” because it wasn’t close. You have to be closer when things get tight.”
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https://firstsportz.com/nba-skip-bayless-chooses-kevin-durants-50-points-performance-against-the-knicks-over-lebron-james-performance-against-the-wizards/ “We all know whose 50-point show was more impactful.” Skip Bayless singles out Kevin Durant’s performance against the Knicks of LeBron James’ performance against Wizards