The Miami Heat endured an up-and-down first half before obliterating the Toronto Raptors in the second half of Sunday's 100-85 victory.
LeBron James led the way with 30 points, eight boards and seven assists in another masterful performance. Last year's MVP played a game-high 40 minutes and posted a ridiculous plus-29 rating.
The rest of Miami's Big Three stepped up Sunday, as Dwyane Wade made 10 of 18 shots for 23 points while Chris Bosh bounced back from a poor outing against the Indiana Pacers with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting.
The Heat got little else from the rest of the lineup, but it didn't matter. Rudy Gay (29 points), DeMar DeRozan (27 points) and Kyle Lowry (10 points) were the only Raptors to top six points. Toronto shot just 37 percent from the field and turned the ball over 15 times in the 15-point loss.
Player of the Game: LeBron James, SF, Miami Heat
LeBron dominated in every facet of the game. Once again, the best basketball player in the world did it all for his team, dishing out passes while making some high-flying dunks.
His combination of strength, explosion and efficiency was no match for Rudy Gay, who couldn't defend the three-time MVP.
As long as he keeps playing like this, the Heat have to be the favorite in the East.
Up Next for the Heat
Miami takes on the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Monday in South Beach. It should be a cakewalk for the top-ranked Heat, who should have no trouble trouncing the 11-win Bobcats.
Up Next for the Raptors
Toronto will try to take advantage of the hobbled Boston Celtics on Wednesday. The Celtics lost Rajon Rondo to a torn ACL, but Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have stepped up in his absence.