The Heat defeated the Portland Trail Blazers for the first time since the ‘Big Three’ of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh came together in the Summer of 2010. While all three played well tonight in riding out two scoring waves by Portland on their way to a victory, it was James who stood alone with an efficient style of play that has not been seen in decades as he became the first player in NBA history to score 30 or more points on at least 60 percent shooting for six games in a row. In doing this, he surpassed Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley, who each scored 30 or more points on 60 percent shooting five times in a row.
From the opening tip, James showed that tonight might become a special night. In the first quarter alone, he got six of his nine assists for the game. That effort lasted the whole night and it almost disguised the history unfolding on the Heat’s home floor. James showed almost his entire arsenal on this night. Slam dunks, mid-range and three-point shots, post ups and transition scores were all on display. What stood out most was his level of calm on setting the record. There was no signs that James was trying to stat-pad on the scoring side. Considering that the Trail Blazers were the team that stopped him from setting another NBA record, it was a calm revenge.
Not only did James set a personal record, he also helped the Heat get their 1,000th win in franchise history.