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Marion's defense on Durant remains strong

The Sports Xchange

Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion was getting awfully tired hearing about Kevin Durant's game-winning jumper in Game 1. Marion had tight defense on the Oklahoma City Thunder star, who got a nice bounce and got the shot to drop to complete the comeback win.

Marion, thought that that too much attention was being paid to that shot and not to the fact that Durant, the NBA's leading scorer for a third consecutive season, was limited to 10-of-27 shooting from the floor.

"Personally, he couldn't even see the basket on his last shot," Marion said during the team's Monday morning shoot-around. "If you go 10 for 30, what the (heck)? You all just remember that one shot. How many easy buckets did he get last game? Fast-break dunks? How many shots did he shoot with a contested hand in his face that he hit? That's what you got to factor in. OK, yeah, he hit a game-winning shot. If he missed that, then what, what are you all saying? He needs to stop shooting, pass the ball?"

Marion, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, knew Durant wouldn't stop shooting in Monday's Game 2 and that he has the toughest job on the floor trying to contain the extremely long-limbed Durant, who is also 10 years younger than Marion.

But, Marion made Durant's life tough again, holding him to 5-of-17 shooting. The problem is the Mavs have no answer for point guard Russell Westbrook who followed up 28 points in Game 1 with 29 in Game 2 and is shooting 52.3 percent in the series.

"He's hitting shots and we've done a decent job of keeping him out of the paint, but he's stroking it," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "So we're going to have to go back to the drawing board and cook something else up."

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