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by: Esteban On  Wednesday, June 13, 2012

kevin durant monster jam game 1 nba finalsIf Game One was any indication, the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder is going to be a classic. The visiting Heat were up by seven at the half, but the Thunder stormed back in the 3rd and 4th quarters to win 105-94.

And more interesting than the final score was the throwdown competition between these two teams’ biggest superstars: LeBron James and Kevin Durant (no offense Dwyane Wade).  These two guys led their respective teams in scoring, and they also treated fans to a dunking clinic.

First up was Durant, who scored a game-high 36 points. His two most impressive points came in the 2nd quarter, when he got the ball at the point, blew past Joel Anthony, and totally posterized Chris Bosh.

Talk about getting the home crowd revved up.

But LeBron didn’t just fold. Instead, he kept pushing, and in the 3rd quarter he schooled KD at the point and threw down his own highlight reel dunk.

Not bad, right? And it’s not like Durant is a chump on defense either.

Now, I have to admit, a lot of times I find the dunk-happy NBA can be a little boring (“Yay! That 7’2″ guy just stood on his tippy toes and put the ball through the hoop!”).  But last night Durant and James showed us all how athletic and acrobatic the art of the slam dunk can be in the NBA. So let’s all cross our fingers and hope that they keep the stellar play going for a nice, long, 7-game series.




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