Miami Heat's LeBron James Wins NBA Player of the Night After Dismantling Nets

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Miami Heat's LeBron James Wins NBA Player of the Night After Dismantling Nets
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Amidst the blizzard of stat-piling NBA performances Wednesday night, one player's cause stood out the most—LeBron James.

Believe me when I say the NBA busy. Like really busy.

Kobe Bryant dropped 29 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' loss while DeAndre Jordan's 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots propelled the Los Angeles Clippers past the San Antonio Spurs.

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo also willed the Boston Celtics to victory, while Stephen Curry exploded for 21 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Golden State Warriors.

That's not even the half of it either, yet even still, James' outing was the most prolific and significant of them all. 

Stat Line: 20 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and one steal on 58.3 percent shooting.

Recap from Heat's win over Nets.

Bearing witness to James' accolades are nothing new; he's always been a dominant performer. But that doesn't mean we should take the magnitude of his displays for granted.

LeBron single-handedly put the Brooklyn Nets to shame on both ends of the floor. Not only did he post a near triple-double, but he did so in less than 30 minutes of burn. That's nothing short of incredible.

His efficiency from the field was other worldly, he continued to uphold his 57.1 percent conversion rate from behind the arc and is still posting a league best—for players averaging more than 20 minutes per game—26.43 PER.

By some accounts, against a Nets team that was blown out by 30, LeBron's performance was an effortless one. Yet his superior athletic ability cannot be misconstrued as a diligent-less performance in games like these, because without him, there is no blowout.

The Heat were plus-18 with James on the floor last night. He lead them in rebounds—four of which were offensive—and assists. He also finished second in scoring while only attempting 12 shots, hitting seven of them.

Simply put, this was an unfamiliar stat line for The Chosen One.

How so?

James is currently averaging a career-low in minutes, shot attempts and assists per game. He's also posting the second-lowest point totals of his illustrious career. However, he's shooting a career best 55.1 percent from the field and grabbing a career high 9.8 boards. 

LeBron excelled in every facet of the game Wednesday.

With so many scorers and star-caliber athletes within one rotation, LeBron understands that he doesn't have to take 20 shots or score 30 points a night. He borderline can't, not with so many egos under one roof.

Instead, he has upped the ante in other facets of the game. He's sacrificed some shots in favor of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, so he's become more of a staple on the offensive glass.

He's allowed both Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade to keep the ball in their hands more, so he's become even more deft at setting screens and spotting up from behind the rainbow while off the ball.

He's been doing it all, and that's no exaggeration.

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And he continued to assert his universal dominance against the Nets. On a night where Brooklyn was supposed to contend with Miami, proving why it assembled its roster with the Heat in mind, James sent a message.

He made it perfectly clear that the Nets' dynamic still doesn't hold a candle to the Heat's, that these two teams are not in the same class and that he is prepared to do whatever it takes to win—even if that means forgoing an opportunity to post a triple-double.

And while these very efforts remain understated, the fruits of said labor are anything but.

His willingness to put the team first, willingness to make this complex offense run smoothly is an inspiration.

An inspiration that fueled the Heat's end-result against the new-look Nets.

 

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