James works outside as Heat win big again

LeBron James

JamesOne of the league’s best scorers inside the paint, LeBron James did most of his scoring outside in the Miami Heat’s 117-97 win over the Sacramento Kings. James was 14-26 from the floor, and nine of his makes were outside the paint. Entering the game, he averaged only 3.7 field goals made per game outside the paint.

James had a game-high 31 points despite not making a free throw (0-3). It’s the second time in his career that he didn’t make a free throw in a game in which he scored at least 30 points. On December 30, 2006, he went 0-3 from the free throw line in a 33-point effort against the Chicago Bulls.

LeBron James This Season
FG Outside The Paint

While James missed all three of his free throw attempts, Dwyane Wade didn’t even get to the free throw line and still finished with 23 points. It’s the first time in his career he’s scored at least 20 points without attempting a free throw.

The last time the Heat had two players combine to score at least 50 points without making a free throw? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it happened 22 years ago to the day.

On February 22, 1989 Jon Sundvold scored 26 and Kevin Edwards had 24 in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Heat have 11 20-point wins this season, the most in the NBA.

Elsewhere in the NBA …

Kevin Love now has a double-double in 43 straight games, following his 20-point, 17-rebound effort in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was his 26th 20-15 game this season; next on that list is Dwight Howard with 18.

Despite losing their 11th straight road game, Toronto Raptors guards Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless each had double-digit assists (Calderon 11, Bayless 10). It’s the first time this season that teammates had at least 10 assists in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Blake Griffin led both teams in points (28), rebounds (11) and assists (8) in the Clippers’ loss to the Thunder. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Griffin became the first rookie in almost 25 years to record more points, rebounds and assists than any other player for either team in an NBA game. That had last been done by the Pacers’ Chuck Person, who produced a game-high 34 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a win against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 20, 1986.