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Coming off a fervid five game stretch, scoring at least 30 points on 60% or better shooting, Lebron James continued his hot streak and made NBA history.
LeBron James is now the first player in NBA history to score 30 or more points and shoot 60% or better in six straight games. To make the record even more staggering, LeBron has actually made 66 of his last 92 shots, and over that 6 game stretch, shot 71.7%.
James finished with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists on 11-15 shooting. LeBron started the game in assist mode, compiling 7 of his 9 dimes in the first quarter and it was the most assists in one quarter by any Heat player this season.
LeBron James is making a living in the paint. Coming into tonight's game, LeBron was leading the league in points in the paint and well, he continued his tear against the Portland Trail Blazers. He is absolutely destroying opponents in isolation and high post plays and why teams don't double him more often is mind boggling.
The Portland Trail Blazers came out the gate strong, lead by this years front runner for rookie of the year, Damian Lillard. Lillard was outstanding, scoring 18 of his game high 33 points in the first half. He shot an impressive 10-18 from Fg's and sank 3 triples on the night.
The NBA might as well just give him the ROY trophy already. Seriously.
Two time All Star, LaMarcus Aldridge, had a solid overall game, finishing with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Aldridge stretches the floor with his mid range shooting ability and post play and I feel is one of the most underrated and offensively polished power forwards in the NBA.
Chris Bosh had one of his best games of the season tonight, notching a double double for the second straight game since returning from injury. Bosh scored a team high 32 points, grabbed 11 rebounds while shooting a feverish 12-15. It was refreshing to see Bosh rebound the basketball tonight; something he's struggled to do consistently this season.
Remember this guy? Flash? Well he had another great all around game tonight, flirted with a triple double and posted 24 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Dwyane Wade has gotten overlooked in all of Lebron's greatness recently, seemingly justified, but it's something he's experienced his whole career for some reason. In his last 4 games, including tonight, Wade is shooting 53% and averaging 26 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 3 steals and 1.3 blocks.
Take LeBron out the equation for a second and ask yourself, who's putting up better numbers then that in the NBA right now.
To put tonight's game in perspective, LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Ray Allen combined to score 98 points for the Heat. Game over.