LeBron Sets NBA Record in Miami Win


After LeBron James tied the NBA record for the most consecutive games with 30 or more points and better than 60% field goal shooting on Sunday against the Lakers, we asked: Can James keep this incredible streak going? On Tuesday, he answered with an emphatic yes.

After a 30-point, 11 for 15 shooting performance against the Blazers, James separated himself from Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley as the only player in NBA history to score at least 30 while shooting at least 60% for six consecutive games. Unsurprisingly, the Heat have won each of those games, including the 117-104 victory over the Blazers on Tuesday.

“I’m at a loss for words,” James said in a televised postgame interview, via ESPN.com. “Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates. And for me to be in the record books by myself with such a stat — any stat — it’s big-time.”

Some of the statistics during this streak are unfathomable, including the fact that James has shot 75% from the field during the last six games and has drained 66 of his last 92 shots in all. Even the people who are around him every day and see his talent first hand – his teammates and coaches – are impressed with what James has been able to accomplish over the course of the streak.

“That’s why he is who he is,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The best player in the game.”

Added Dwyane Wade: “Obviously, he is doing something that is amazing and special.”

James’ recent run has sparked an ongoing debate among basketball fans in comparing him to Michael Jordan, as his run is in some ways reminiscent of the tear that Jordan went on during the 1988-89 season. However, even as James continues to put up monster numbers, there’s one number that Jordan continues to lord over him and that is the number six – as in six NBA titles to James’ one.

The Heat and James will look to extend their streaks to seven games on Thursday against the Thunder in Oklahoma City.


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