Last night, LeBron James continued to build on his already impressive legacy by breaking yet another NBA record. It wasn’t any kind of officially-tracked record, or a historic individual performance. Instead, James epitomized efficiency, as the Miami Heat beat the Porland Trail Blazers.
After scoring 30 points on 11-15 field goal attempts, James became the only player in the history of the game to put together a stretch of at least six consecutive games of scoring at least 30 points, while also shooting 60% or better from the field.
By now, James has grown used to all kinds of impressive single-game records, but standing alone at the very top of this particular record means a lot to the reigning league MVP:
“It’s kind of loss of words honestly. It means a lot honestly, because I know the history of the game. I know how many great and dominant players have come through the years and paved the way for me. To be able to have this streak, to be able to have it while we’ve won every game and to be efficient like I’ve been able to be efficient from the floor, it means a lot.”
- LeBron James
James appeared to be genuinely humbled when reflecting back on his recent hot streak, but he wasn’t specifically going out of his way to attain the record: “It was in the flow. You know, I wanted to be aggressive, especially in the post early in the game. They played a lot of 1-on-1 and I was able to go and get to my spots. It just happened”.
In a post-game press conference earlier this week, before James reached this unbelievable milestone, Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra stressed to all Heat fans to not take James for granted, as he was making greatness look easy. After last night’s game, even the eloquent and outspoken coach was at a loss for words.
All Spoelstra initially said, as he was asked to comment on James’ performance, was: “He played a very good basketball game”, while looking down, knowing that the media expected another wave of praise directed towards James. After a laugh across the room, he added: “That’s all you’re going to get out of me right now. He competes, he loves to compete, he loves close games, he loves having the opportunity to do this for a living”.
It is truly an unbelievable streak that the best player in the game has managed to put together, and he will look to continue building on his record against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.