LeBron James is playing at a record-setting level, and that only makes Kevin Durant want to get better at his own game.
Heading into the All-Star break, James is making the race for league MVP a one-man contest. He has grabbed all the headlines by logging an NBA record six straight games with at least 30 points while shooting 60 percent or better.
By comparison, the three-time NBA scoring champion Durant has hit both of those marks just five times all season.
Durant says he's always trying to raise the bar on his own level of play, and James only provides more inspiration for him to get better. The two top vote-getters in last season's MVP balloting will play Thursday night when Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder host James' Miami Heat.