NBA Finals Rematch: Can Durant Beat LeBron This Time?

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The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Miami Heat tonight in Chesapeake Energy Arena at 8 p.m. The game will pit the NBA’s two biggest stars — LeBron James and Kevin Durant — against each other for the second time this regular season. James has historically owned Durant, winning 13 of 17 games against Durant in the regular season and postseason combined.

Last Time Out

In the first reprisal of the 2013 NBA Finals on January 29, the Thunder thumped the Heat 112-95. James led the Heat with 34 points, besting Durant by one. Durant scored 33 and added seven rebounds and five assists.

Despite a fast start — Miami started out on a 22-4 run — the Heat fizzled and were dominated in the second and third quarters. It was just the fourth time Miami’s Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh had lost after leading by 18, according to ESPN.com.

The Thunder proved much better from 3-point range where they converted 16-of-27 (59.2 percent.) By comparison, the Heat shot a lackluster 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

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