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Durant devours defenses
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star small forward Kevin Durant scored a career-high 54 points Friday night against Golden State ... with a sore wrist.

The 25-year-old added four rebounds, six assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He's now scored 30 or more points in five consecutive games to push his season averaging to a league-leading 30.6 ppg.

Durant already owns three scoring titles (2009-11) and finished second last season. His career average of 26.91 ranks sixth all-time.

Yet despite all these accomplishments, the NBA world centers around "another guy" - one LeBron Raymone James. James is a four-time MVP and nine-time All- Star with two championships on his resume.

Which supposedly makes Durant the "foible" in this play. He's still looking for his first championship ring. The closest Durant has come was a loss in the 2012 finals to ... you guessed it James and the Miami Heat.

Durant is quickly becoming the Wilt Chamberlain to James' Bill Russell. Karl Malone to Michael Jordan. Great players all, with numerous records to their name, however dominated in the "championships won" department.

But of course championships are earned by teams and fantasy owners only care about individual accomplishments.

In the fantasy world, the margin between Durant and James is much smaller. With Durant actually ahead this season. My Yahoo fantasy league backs up that statement as it currently rates Durant No. 1 and James No. 2.

The OKC star is averaging 30.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg and 0.8 bpg. His Miami rival is posting 25.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.3 bpg.

Durant was also ranked higher in 2012-13.

So while the media will continue to fawn all over "King James," fantasy owners know the truth, that Durant is his equal ... and then some.

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