Lebron James continues to dominate
Love him or hate him, Lebron James is putting together one of the best seasons of basketball by any player in history.
Hoopsvibe’s quick call: His superstar season continued with a big win over the Thunder Thursday night.
The first-place-in-their-division Heat paid a visit to the first-place-in-their-division Thunder in Oklahoma City last night, and Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and company pretty much wiped the floor with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of OKC. Miami never trailed Oklahoma City and won the game by 10 (110-100). At one point, the Heat were up by 23 points against a strong Thunder team who isn’t used to getting beat down like that.
“We’re not as bad as what we played tonight, but I was anticipating a much better game,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
But I’m not sure if it was the fact that OKC played poorly or the Heat just played really well. Or rather, Lebron James continuing to dominate the competition.
James capped off his night with 39 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists; and became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in the ’62-’63 season to score at least 30 points in seven straight games.
Chris Bosh was a big contributor dropping 20 points of his own, while Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen added 13 a piece.
But the Heat came out strong and never really let up. They were up 15 points after the first quarter and the Thunder never got within a single digit amount of Miami until the last minute of the game.
Kevin Durant started out real slow but ended up with a game high 40 points. The Durantula almost single-handedly led an OKC comeback by scoring 22 points in the 4th quarter alone, but by that time, the damage had already been done.
“We kinda let our guard down there a little bit in the fourth quarter,” James said. “But I was just trying to make plays for my teammates. We had a great game plan and went out and executed it.”
Aside from the late run in the fourth, Miami dominated in every facet, controlling the boards, playing intense defense and forcing the Thunder into taking bad shots. OKC shot 31.6% from the field in the first half, which was the worst start to any game for their offense this season.
It just came down to the fact that the Heat played well and Lebron, once again, was just too much to handle.
Something we’re all starting to get used to.
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