Friday, December 3, 2010
James homecoming 'king' in Cleveland
By ESPN Stats & Info
Picking up their first road win since Halloween, Thursday’s victory at Cleveland was one of the most complete games of the season for the Miami Heat.
In his much-anticipated homecoming, LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points. He made 10 field goals beyond 15 feet, two shy of his career high in a game. Entering play Thursday, James was averaging just 2.8 field goals made per game beyond 15 feet.
The Big 3 of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined to outscore the Cleveland Cavaliers through three quarters, 73-65. Despite playing just 19 minutes together, Miami was +25 when the Big 3 were on the floor.
As a team, the Heat shot 56.6 percent from the floor, their second-highest percentage of the season.
James also did not commit a turnover, the most points he's ever scored in a game without committing a turnover. He’s the second player this season to score at least 38 points without committing a turnover. On Nov. 1, Luol Deng scored 40 against the Trail Blazers without turning the ball over.
It’s also the first time in five instances this season that Heat won both games when playing on consecutive days.
Half of Miami’s 12 wins this season have been by at least 20 points -- that's the most in the NBA this season. No other team has more than three 20-point wins.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: This was only the fourth time in NBA history that a player scored at least 38 points in his first game against a former team. The other players to do that were John Williamson against the Pacers in 1978 (38 points), Danny Ainge against Boston in 1989 (39) and Stephon Marbury against Minnesota in 2000 (39).
More From the Elias Sports Bureau: James shot 15-for-25 from the floor, the seventh game of his career in which he took at least 25 shots from the field and connected on at least 60 percent of them.