It was a struggle most of the way to slow down Sacramento, as Miami had a bit of an indifferent attitude on defense for the majority of the game, but luckily the Heat have these guys on their team who can score a ton of points.
Spoelstra on LeBron (40-16-8) and Wade (39-8-7): "Even playing in double overtime, those are still video-game numbers."— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 27, 2013
Oh, and that explosive 40-point night LeBron had simply reminded us of another stellar performance from...LeBron, circa 2010.
Closest anyone has come to matching LeBron's 40/16/8 masterpiece was... LeBron - w/ 40 pts,15 assists & 13 rebs as a Cav in February of 2010— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) February 27, 2013
Looking even further back, we find out that his game was even more interesting than it initially seemed.
Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 27, 2013
Keeping on that train of things that haven't been done in ages, just take a look at the month that LeBron had in terms of efficiency.
By going 14-of-23, LeBron is first since Kareem in '83 to shoot at least 64% in a calendar month (min. 200 shots via Elias). he shot 64.06%— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 27, 2013
LeBron took 200 shots on the nose and ended up making 130 of them. Of course, the difference between him and Kareem in 1983 is that Kareem was 7'2", while LeBron is all of 6'8".
Taking it just one step further while looking at Miami's two overtime periods, we can see just how potent its offense is.
Plenty of teams have won 12 in a row before, so this recent Heat run isn't unprecedented—it's meaningful.
Save the past few games in which they struggled with inferior teams, the Heat showed that all they needed was to play to the best of their abilities and no team can run with them. They hunkered down and stopped letting teams rain three-pointers down on them and suddenly look unbeatable.
Not only that, they're having a ball along the way, putting on a show in warm-ups, hamming to the crowd and just looking like they're having the best of times.
If this team streaks through the rest of the season and into the playoffs at this level, it's going to be a long summer for the rest of the league.