LeBron James hails unstoppable MVP rival

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Miami Heat's leading man LeBron James has shared his admiration of Kevin Durant following his remarkable 54-point game, while declaring that he will make every effort to step up his scoring efforts in a bid to match the red-hot Thunder star.

James dropped 34 points on Saturday night as the Heat secured a second straight win with a 104-96 win over the Bobcats, but his heroics were put firmly in the shade by a highlight-reel effort by Durant for the Thunder 24 hours beforehand.

Durant is averaging 30.6 point-per-game in a hot streak that shows no sign of letting up, with James forced to concede that on current form his main MVP adversary is just about unstoppable.

He told "I love when I see KD do something like that. It gives me an incentive. I don't get that many shots around here, but I might be able to do a little something. I might be able to get a couple of dunks.

"I do a lot of checking and seeing what guys have done overnight. After every game, I always go and see what guys did. I didn't have to look too far to see what KD did last night. As soon as I looked at my phone, a family member of mine said, 'KD had 54, you only had 21. You stink.' So, there it is.

"Once a scorer like that gets going, you ain't going to stop him. I saw like the last 20 points he had, and they were all contested jumpers. He was hitting, barely touching the net. When you're in a zone like that, it doesn't matter as a defender. There's nothing you can do about it. It was a big-time, big-time game for him."

The 29-year-old is shooting a career-high 58.6% from the field but has failed to match his numbers from previous MVP seasons in all other areas, although an average of 25.8 points-per-game still represents a very healthy total in a star-studded Heat roster.

Durant and James will come face-to-face later this month, when leading title contenders Heat face the Thunder in a marquee match-up on January 30th.

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