• September 29, 2021

LeBron James, KD, LeBron, Durant in 2018 NBA Finals

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are on the verge of their first NBA Finals appearance in 25 years.

The three-time MVPs face off for the first time this week in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here’s what you need to know about the Cavs.1.

LeBron James is the best NBA player of the past 25 years:James is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, having scored more than 30,000 points in each of his last four seasons.

His numbers have soared from a career low of 20.1 points per game in 2020 to 28.9 points per contest this season.

That was his highest total since scoring 28.1 in 2015.

In his 10th season, James is second only to Shaquille O’Neal (11,926) in scoring.2.

KD’s numbers are even more impressive: KD has scored a league-best 2,631 points in a career-high 589 games.

That’s more than a quarter of the league’s total.

He’s scored 2,906 points in his last nine games, and he’s tied the record for most points scored in a season (1,852) set by Magic Johnson in 1980-81.3.

LeBron and KD are two of just eight players to score in the Finals, joining Kobe Bryant (1985), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1981), Kevin Durant (2014), Steve Nash (2012) and LeBron James (2016).

James leads all active players with a staggering 27.4 points per-game average, while Durant is third at 28.6 points per.

KD is also the league leader in 3-pointers made, making 6.5 per game.4.

The Cavs will play in their first Finals since 2002-03.

This year’s Cavaliers are the second seed, with the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors advancing from the Western conference semifinals.5.

Durant has averaged 27.5 points per 100 possessions this season and is third in the NBA with 4.2 steals per game, according to SportVU data.

His assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.3 is tied for second in the league behind Curry (1.7) and ahead of Westbrook (1:55).

Durant’s 7.2 assists per game is tied with Russell Westbrook for third in NBA history, trailing only Larry Bird (9.7).6.

KD, James and Durant have combined to shoot 54.6 percent from the field in the postseason.

Durant is shooting 59.3 percent (13 of 20) from 3-point range in the playoffs.

James is shooting 44.4 percent (10 of 23) from beyond the arc in the series.7.

James has made 3,827 3-pointer attempts in his career and has averaged more than 4,000 shots in a playoff series (2,038 in 20 games) and has made 2,724 free throws.

He has made 6,923 free throws in his first two seasons with the Warriors and has also made 972 in the first half of his career with the Cavs and the Los Angels Lakers.8.

Durant, James, Westbrook and Curry are the only players in NBA Finals history to average over 20 points, six rebounds and three assists per-36 minutes in the playoff.

Durant’s averages in the regular season are 26.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per 36 minutes.

James averages 25.9 (7.3, 4.4, 4), James averages 20.9 rebounds (5.3), Durant averages 20 rebounds (4.5) and Curry averages 20 assists (3.3).9.

James, James’ 7,500-point total is the most ever for a player with one playoff game and the most for a Cavs player in a Finals game since Kevin Durant had his 7,800-point mark in 2013.

James and James Harden were the first two players to surpass 7,000 career points in the finals (8,972 points).10.

Durant and James are the two most prolific scorers in NBA playoff history, with Durant averaging 12.9 assists per 40 minutes, while James has averaged 9.4 assists per 39 minutes.

James is second in playoff scoring with 14.2 points per 40 possessions and has scored at least 10 points in four of the Cavs five postseason games, including a triple-double in Game 5 of the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

James had a triple double in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

James finished with 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Game 3 against the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

James has scored in double figures in three straight playoff games, tying him for the second time in his NBA career.

He scored 23 points in Game 1 of the Cavaliers’ first-round