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Kevin Durant has been beyond NBA Jam "he's on fire" hot as of late. During Oklahoma City's current five game winning streak "KD" has averaged 40.4 points on just under 60% shooting overall, better than 56% from three as well as 5.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

He has done this against the top tier teams in the West including 54 and 46 at home against Golden State and Portland respectively and 36 on the road in San Antonio on a back to back the night after the Blazer game.

This win was especially significant because it catapulted the Thunder to the number one position in the West and elevated Durant to the leading MVP candidate.

Durant has been so "en fuego" recently that Sportscenter dedicated an entire segment on his recent exploits comparing it to other amazing stretches by legendary NBA players.
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Durant's play, in fact, is almost making me somewhat reconsider my pick of the Indiana Pacers to win it all this year.

This is because, as Stephen A. Smith outlined in the previous segment, having a player who can get a good shot any time he wants makes this team awfully dangerous on any given night.

On the flip side, the Celts have been on a bit of a hot streak of their own having won one in a row over the Washignton Wizards on the road two nights ago.

I jest but this was actually an impressive win for The C's considering they started rookie point guard Phil Pressey as well as Brad Stevens giving significant minutes to recent D-League call up Chris Johnson.

The Wizards had also won seven of their last nine games going into that game including victories over Miami at home and the Pelicans and Bobcats on the road.

My prediction:

The Celtics may be coming off a nice win but KD continues his hot streak and goes for over 40 on the way to another OKC victory

Thunder 119 Celtics 106

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Clint Corey 1/24/2014 05:09:00 AM Edit
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