Historic run continues for LeBron James
February, 12, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information
Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty ImagesLeBron James made nine of 10 shots inside the paint on Tuesday against the Trail Blazers.
For the sixth time in as many games, LeBron James scored at least 30 points and shot better than 60 percent from the field as the Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers for their 1,000th win in franchise history.
James went 11 of 15 from the floor (73.3 percent) and scored 30 points. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that James is the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot better than 60 percent from field in six straight games. Before this season, the only players who accomplished that in five straight games were Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley.
In his last six games, James is 66 of 92 from the floor (71.7 percent). On shots taken in the paint in the last six games, James is 46 of 54 -- including 9 of 10 on Tuesday.
James also finished with six rebounds and nine assists, the 16th time this season he's had at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game.
However, James wasn't even Miami's leading scorer. Chris Bosh was 13 of 16 from the field (including 7 of 9 outside the paint) and finished with 32 points.
Dwyane Wade scored 24 points, and according to Elias, the Heat are 16-2 in games that Bosh, James and Wade all score more than 20 points.
LeBron vs Jordan Comparisons
With Michael Jordan turning 50 years old on Sunday, there have been a lot of comparisons of late between "King James" and "Air Jordan."
The comparisons are understandable since they are the only players to win an NBA title, NBA MVP and an Olympic gold medal in the same year (Jordan in 1992 and James in 2012) and both had won three MVP awards in their first 10 seasons (2012-13 is James' 10th season).
Even Jordan's best six-game stretch of his career compares favorably to what James has done in his last six games (see chart).
The biggest discrepancy in their résumés is NBA titles: Jordan won six and James has only one.
James has shot better than 70 percent from the field in three of his last six games. Elias notes that Jordan shot better than 70 percent in three straight games early in the 1990-91 season. Jordan went a combined 39 of 52 from the floor (75 percent) in games against the Bullets, Pacers and Cavaliers.
As for the Blazers, the loss snapped their four-game road win streak against the Heat. They were the only team with an active road win streak of more than one game against Miami.
Damian Lillard scored a game-high 33 points, his second 30-point game of the season. Lillard is the only rookie with two 30-point games this season.