Skip to content

James Gets to the Rim with 3.2 Seconds Left to Beat Magic, Pull Within 2 of Jordan

James Gets to the Rim with 3.2 Seconds Left to Beat Magic, Pull Within 2 of Jordan

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

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.

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER

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


Comment count on this article reflects comments made on Breitbart.com and Facebook. Visit Breitbart's Facebook Page.