LeBron James has had a spectacular scoring run lately, but all good things come to an end.
The Miami Heat star had scored at least 20 points in 33 straight games coming into the game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Unfortunately, he was only able to score 15 points in 43 minute of action in Miami's 92-90 loss Thursday night.
James struggled shooting throughout the game. He only made six of his 16 shots from the floor, including a 1-of-5 mark from three. He was also only able to make two of his five free-throw attempts.
While he finished one assist shy of a triple-double, it was not enough to help his team win.
According to SportsCenter, James' streak was the second longest of all time to start a season:
Trail Blazers win nail-biter over Heat, 92-90. LeBron James (15 points) snaps 33-game streak of 20+ Pts to start season. (2nd all-time).— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 11, 2013
Brian Windhorst of ESPN points out that the streak actually extends longer than just this season:
Heat are up 5 on POR going to 4Q. Bosh has shot ball remarkably well, has 23. LeBron's 54-game streak of 20+ pts in some danger, has 12.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 11, 2013
Including last year's postseason, the three-time MVP had scored at least 20 points in 54 straight games. The last time he failed to reach the mark was a 19-point performance in Game 2 of the first-round matchup against the New York Knicks.
That game was noteworthy for other reasons, as Amar'e Stoudemire injured his hand punching a glass-enclosed fire extinguisher following the Heat victory.
The last time LeBron failed to break 20 points in a regular-season game was April 13 of last season in an easy victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
James is once again putting together an unbelievable year statistically. While his scoring average of 26.0 points per game is below his career average, his consistency is a major reason that the Heat are 23-11 with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
With this streak coming to an end, it will only be a matter of time until a new impressive streak begins.
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