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Miami Heat: Is LeBron James Already One of the Heat’s All-Time Greats?
After a back-and-forth month, the Heat have seemingly exorcised their demons of inconsistency.
Currently 5-1 through February, Miami shook off a mediocre 8-5 win-loss record in January and are in the midst of matching their longest win streak of the season at six (accomplished twice already).
Much of the credit concerning the Heat’s current tear is undoubtedly due to LeBron James’ phenomenal play. It poses the question: does it qualify the King as one of the Heat’s greatest?
LeBron is averaging 31 points on a ridiculous 71.4 percent over his last five games. While two outputs of 92.9 and 81.8 percent may skew the scale slightly, his other three scoring displays ranged in the low-to-mid 60th percentile.
James has also registered plus-30 points in all five games, setting the Heat record for most consecutive 30-point games.
It doesn’t stop there for making history either; contributing to that extent in the scoring department, combined with his accuracy, makes LeBron just the third player in NBA history to do so.
It places him alongside Adrian Dantley (in 1979) and Moses Malone (in 1982), which is somewhat remarkable.
Considering the great scorers over the last few decades, such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and even Kevin Durant, it is James who accomplishes the feat which has not been seen in more than 30 years.
BY JOSHUA J VANNUCCINI