LeBron James has time and again spoiled NBA fans with exceptional performances, so much that we have come to expect nothing less than a constant triple double threat from the best player in the league.
Last night, James was simply unstoppable, setting a career-best single game field goal percentage by connecting on 13 of his 14 field goal attempts.
Throughout the night, James did exactly what basketball experts and fans have always been preaching – he didn’t settle for jumpshots. All of James’ shot attempts were in the paint, as he was either posting up or attacking the basket.
Quite expectedly, most of the questions directed to James after the game were heavily focused on his individual performance. When he was asked to explain himself as to why he missed a layup, he said:
“I don’t cry about fou…I got fouled on it but it shouldn’t, it never stopped me before. I missed a layup and that sucks.”
His 0.929 field goal percentage is not only the best single-game performance from the field with at least 14 shots this season, but the highest since 2010. In the 2009-10 season, Andrew Bogut shot an identical 13-14 from the field as the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Dallas Mavericks.
When a player is as hot as James clearly was on the night, you would expect that player to put up more than 14 shot attempts. Instead, he rounded off his statline by adding 8 rebounds and 8 assists, to complete what was an extremely efficient night.
Dwyane Wade also had an impressive performance, grabbing 6 offensive rebounds – the most he has has in a single game since 2004.
James is averaging 26.7 points, 7 assists and 8.3 rebounds per game, as well as a career-high 55.5% field goal percentage this season.
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