Three Stars of the Night: Small forward edition

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One of these players won’t make the All-NBA first team.

Third Star: Kevin Durant (21 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals)

Durant just missed his fourth tripe-double, but he still had half of Oklahoma City’s assists in a win over the Jazz. Maybe Durant shouldn’t have passed so much. He shot 60 percent (6-of-10) to his teammates’ 37 percent.

Second Star: LeBron James (28 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists)

LeBron’s rebounds and assists per game actually dropped tonight. He’s the MVP not because his highs are the NBA’s best, but because he’s made games like tonight’s against the Bucks his baseline. His pass off the backboard to himself was pretty special, though.

First Star: Carmelo Anthony (36 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 0 turnovers)

Melo has scored at least 36 points in five straight games, and unlike earlier in the streak, he’s showing a much more diverse game. He hadn’t had this many assists without a turnover since he played for the Nuggets, and he’s had at least eight rebounds in three straight games.

LeBron and Durant probably still have the inside track to take the All-NBA first team’s two forward spots, but Melo is making an impressive late push.