LeBron James seems set on perfecting his game and eradicated every defect. Michael Jordan said before the All-Star game that the key to stopping James was to force him left because he always pulls up for a jumper. Wednesday with the Heat’s 15-game win streak on the line, DeQuan Jones met James outside the three-point arc and forced him left in the closing seconds.
James did not pull up for the jumper or pass to a teammate as in past years, and he didn’t dribble left just far enough to pull up for a jumper like he did against Kobe Bryant in the All-Star game. Instead he went all the way to the basket using his left hand to lay the ball into the hoop and deliver a 97-96 win to pull him within two games of Jordan’s longest win streak of 18 games.
Barely beating the struggling Orlando Magic in Miami is not impressive, as the Heat blew a 20-point lead. Dwyane Wade also had a better game than James, which he has done a few times while shooting 62 percent during the last seven games. Wade was the better shooter (10 of 16), and had more rebounds (6 to 3 over James), assists (3 to 2) and steals (4 to 0).
But while James was only one of six on three-pointers, including two misses in the closing minutes, he overpowered another team by making six of eight two-pointers and 11 of 12 free throws in a 26 point performance during which the Heat won by 8 points during the 38 minutes he was on the court, and lost by 7 points during the 10 minutes he was not.
|Dec 29 1995-Feb 2 1996||Bulls||Opp||Streak||Feb 3 2013-March 10 2013||Heat||Opp|
|Indiana Pacers||h||120||93||W 1||Toronto Raptors||a||100||85|
|Atlanta Hawks||h||95||93||W 2||Charlotte Bobcats||h||99||94|
|Houston Rockets||h||100||86||W 3||Houston Rockets||h||114||108|
|Charlotte Hornets||a||117||93||W 4||Los Angeles Clippers||h||111||89|
|Milwaukee Bucks||h||113||84||W 5||Los Angeles Lakers||h||107||97|
|Seattle SuperSonics||h||113||87||W 6||Portland Trail Blazers||h||117||104|
|Philadelphia 76ers||a||120||93||W 7||Oklahoma City Thunder||a||110||100|
|Washington Bullets||a||116||109||W 8||Atlanta Hawks||a||103||90|
|Philadelphia 76ers||h||116||104||W 9||Chicago Bulls||a||86||67|
|Toronto Raptors||a||92||89||W 10||Philadelphia 76ers||a||114||90|
|Detroit Pistons||a||111||96||W 11||Cleveland Cavaliers||h||109||105|
|New York Knicks||a||99||79||W 12||Sacramento Kings||h||141||129|
|Vancouver Grizzlies||h||104||84||W 13||Memphis Grizzlies||h||98||91|
|Miami Heat||h||102||80||W 14||New York Knicks||a||99||93|
|Phoenix Suns||h||93||82||W 15||Minnesota Timberwolves||a||97||81|
|Houston Rockets||a||98||87||W 16||Orlando Magic||h||97||96|
|Sacramento Kings||a||105||85||W 17||Philadelphia 76ers||h||Fri||8-Mar|
|Los Angeles Lakers||a||99||84||W 18||Indiana Pacers||h||Sun||10-Mar|
|Average Bulls Score||106||89||Average Heat Score||106||95|