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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 Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk.


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:33 pm

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

KD nearly doubled LeBron's points.
Dude, when you need 17 more points to do it, you didn't "nearly double" anything.

Durant's an incredible offensive player and went off in a fun game.  That said, there's absolutely no reason to think he played a better game than Melo or James based just on scoring numbers. 

People, relax.  Take this stuff for what it is - awesome to watch if you're lucky enough to be there.  World-class athletes competing for no reason other than the game itself and having a good time.  If you're some "only the NBA finals count" wonk, you wouldn't understand.  Try heading down to Rucker or THE courts in whatever city you're in and watch basketball at its purest.

Wish I could have been there. 

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:30 pm

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

This is almost like an Allstar Game, No D! All about scoring and wowing the crowd.
Which is pretty much what basketball is these days. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:59 am

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Don't read too much into this. Key word is exhibition. This is almost like an Allstar Game, No D! All about scoring and wowing the crowd.

Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:08 am

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Sooner if no one can stop Durant , how come they didn't win the championship ?

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:40 am

Kevin Durant is the Best Scorer Since Jordan!

KD nearly doubled LeBron's points.  They were playing against similar opponents weren't they?  Don't give me that no "D" bull.  You don't think any of those non-stars wanted to D him up?  It looks like there's no D when KD is straight thrashing.  If you don't think he will score 59+ in an NBA game, you cant be reasoned with.  No one can stop Durant!

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:19 am

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Big deal.  There was absolutely no defense being played.  Let him do that in the NBA Finals then its a story.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:29 am

Kevin Durant scores 59 points versus LeBron James

Now team owners hope they are watching these, because more likely than not these players more often than not will play overseas or will play on leagues they create. So i thinik it is useless to hold a lockout next season in my opinion.

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