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LeBron Edges Durant as Midseason MVP

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In the last week, this thing has gotten serious. The NBA MVP race ramped up to a new level, as LeBron James put on a prolific performance vs. the Lakers and Kevin Durant followed up the next night by dropping 52 in a league where big scoring nights are down.

The gap between those two and the other two serious candidates, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, widened this week. Paul and Anthony are still worthy of consideration and a prolific game this week can certainly put them back into the virtual tie they've shared this year. But those top two... man, are they giving us something this season. What could Durant possibly do to match what James did to the Lakers, at both ends? Even on a poor shooting night, he drops 52 and that number is just going to resonate with...

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