Record-Setting Streak Shows LeBron James Just Keeps Getting Better

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

LeBron James has embarked on one of the most impressive, efficient streaks of offensive proficiency that the NBA has ever seen.

And the guy isn't even known as a scorer.

Well, not yet anyways.

During the Miami Heat's 117-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, James forced his way into the NBA record books. Again:

LeBron, 30 points on 11/15 FG, becomes the first player in NBA history to score at least 30 pts while shooting at least 60% in 6 straight.

— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 13, 2013

During that six-game stretch, James has connected on 66 of his 92 field-goal attempts (71.7 percent), amassing 185 points along the way. And he hasn't just padded his stats with highlight dunks, either. He's taken 18 of those 92 attempts from beyond the arc, converting on 10 of those looks (55.5 percent).

He proved in this matchup that he's the NBA's most exciting player—even after the whistle.

Miami's hopes of matching its previous season-best six-game winning streak appeared in jeopardy against Portland. A three from Wesley Matthews gave the Blazers a 102-101 advantage with 4:38 left in regulation.

But the Heat responded with a 14-0 run, bolstered by a block and a dunk from James, threes from Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers and two Blazer turnovers.

In just over three minutes of game time, the Heat had secured their Eastern Conference-leading 35th win of the season:

Miami and Lebron just had a 3 minute stretch (game time) that's as entertaining and electric as the game can be played.Just spectacular

— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) February 13, 2013

It was the kind of run capable of putting the entire basketball world on notice:

One of those stretches when it hits you, "Oh yeah, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen play for the same team."

— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 13, 2013

It wasn't simply the win itself that cemented the Heat's standing as the team to beat in the NBA, but rather the manner in which they earned the victory. More specifically, it was the play of their otherworldly superstar that poured championship thoughts across South Beach.

James has never been an easy cover for defenders—not with his size, skill and smarts. But his evolution into a tactical, efficient offensive machine has made this team nearly impossible to stop.

LeBron has improved his field-goal percentage six years straight, soaring to an incredible 56.5 percent success rate this season. Teams can no longer afford him the outside shot, as he's converted a career-best 42.0 percent from three.

Of course, crowding James at the perimeter has never been a reliable method, either.

And for all of the praise rightfully headed his direction for his scoring exploits, he's still so much more. He currently leads the Heat in points (27.1 per game), rebounds (8.1), assists (6.9) and steals (1.7). He's also ranks second in blocks (0.9). 

He's logged the most minutes of any player on the team (38.4 per game) and is one of just two players to have appeared in each of the team's 49 games this season.

There's never been another player to affect both ends of the floor the way James has (and does).

And that's as scary as anything, considering the 28-year-old LeBron James is clearly still adding to his overall game.