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Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:21 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 1:42 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliver



Over the weekend, we noted that an exhibition game chock full of NBA All-Stars was about to go down in Baltimore, Maryland. On Tuesday night, that game went down in a big way.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans guard Chris Paul all suited up in an exhibition game between the Washington, D.C.-based Goodman League and the Baltimore-based Melo League. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played at St. Frances Academy, had to be moved to Morgan State University to accomodate demand.

The Washington Post reported before the game that tickets were going for as much as $100, an amazing sum when you consider that this is a summer exhibition game but a perfectly reasonable amount because players like James and Durant so rarely get the opportunity to face off head-to-head.  

The Melo League team -- featuring James, Anthony and Paul, as well as San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal and Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby -- emerged triumphant over Durant's Goodman League team -- also featuring Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green and Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye -- by a final score of 149-141. The headliner, though, was Durant, who stole the show by dropping an eye-popping 59 points, according to the Sporting News.

That scoring explosion, in front of a sold out crowd of more than 4,000, continues a summer of love for Durant, who scored 66 points at New York City's Rucker Park in early August.

Durant seemed to shrug off his explosion after the game. "Basketball is all about winning," he tweeted.

James added 38 and Anthony had 36 for the Melo League, according to the Washington Post.

"Had a great time at Morgan State," James tweeted. "Love competition and giving back to people! Shout out to Carmelo Anthony and the Melo League."

"By far one of the funnest games I've played in," Paul added.

The top plays roundup above is from YouTube user HoopMixtape.

Here are some more video highlights from the game.



Here's one last highlight package via CSNBaltimore.com. Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk.



Comments

Since: Jul 20, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James




Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Any one of us here? Really. I bet you couldn't even get a shot off.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

A score of 149-141 indicates that there was no desire to play defense. This game is akin to the NFL Pro Bowl. All offense and on defense. I bet that anyone of us here could get 30 points without trying too hard. 



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:49 am
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

I would of loved to rose,wade,and westbrook there the fastest show on earth



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:47 am
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

I would of loved to see wade,westbrook and rose the fastest show on earth



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

These are great highlights (the last one you have to go to CSN Baltimore to get) and fun to watch. I do agree that this is all about wowing the fans and there was plenty of that. Durant might now be the most unstoppable player in the NBA. The only player that marginalizes him appears to be Westbrook. But note that Durant's team did not win. I suspect to Melo, LeBron and Chris that was more important than how many points they scored. Imagine if Chris Paul were teamed with Durant or LeBron? More likely is for him to pair with Melo in NYK. Although Chris was not spectacular in dunking he always makes amazing passes for his teammates.

For all those who believe this proves something about the various players, get a new perspective. The only 'proof' is that they are all great players having fun. Last year LeBron got to the finals, Durant did not. But both played well in their previous games. I continue to be amazed at the vitriol against LeBron. He is still far and away the best player in the NBA. Next year (or the year after if cancelled) I expect to see LeBron back in the finals. I do not expect Durant to get there as there are better teams in the West and there are some serious personnel issues on the court for OKC. Can they overcome them? Perhaps, but they have some maturing to do.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Its hoops and Bird is retired, what do you think ?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

What I liked most was the reaction of the fans.  Looks like they had a great time.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Is there a single white dude on the court?



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

This was a cool treat. Sure it was a playground game but who cares? the fact they did it was really cool. It's cool because this doesn't happen in any other sport. Im a huge NFL fan and I honestly can't stand the NBA but that was fun what those guys did.


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