Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats on January 26, breaking Kobe Bryant’s record of 61 points at Madison Square Garden. He hasn’t been much of a contributing factor against much basketball opponents because he hasn’t shown much performance in his game since the outburst. If you want to talk about basketball outbursts, look at Kevin Durant and his scoring binges. He has scored 30+ points in the last ten games, grabbed 7 rebounds, averaged 4 assists, shot 57% from the field, and has been nearly perfect from the free throw line. Lebron James has also played very good basketball games, but none outperforming Kevin Durant as of late. It will be interesting to consider who will be MVP of the league and of the NBA Finals, if the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder meet again. Lebron James outdueled Durant in the 2012 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant will rely on his supporting cast to help him out, as he leads the team in scoring. It will be hard for Durant to manage without Russell Westbrook, as he recovers from his injury.
The Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-91 in their Game 1 series. Kevin Durant had 35 points, including the game-winning shot. This was an exciting game because both teams hung around. Indiana controlled the tempo at Madison Square Garden, as they won the first game of their second-round playoff series 102-95 against the New York Knicks. Roy Hibbert was the star of the game as he had five blocked shots and set the tempo for the Pacers’ defense.