Miami Heat: Looking Back on LeBron James' Historic Month
As February comes to a close, there were many headlines that shook the NBA world. Whether it was the sudden uprising of the new-look Toronto Raptors, the semi-brawl between Indiana and Golden State or the Memphis Grizzlies' blockbuster acquisition of Dexter Pittman, none surpassed LeBron James' record-setting month.
February 10: LeBron ties NBA record for five consecutive 30-point, 60-percent shooting games.
Highlighted by a 13-of-14 shooting showing against the Charlotte Bobcats, LeBron pulled a tie with Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone for five straight games of at least 30 points on 60 percent shooting.
James and co. beat opponents by an average of 11.6 points in that stretch, as he was simply unstoppable offensively. He also had a 9-of-11 game against the LA Clippers, in addition to hitting 4-of-5 three-pointers, giving him plus-80 percent from the field.
February 10: LeBron becomes franchise leader in consecutive 30-point games.
On the very same night, James also solidified himself as one of the greatest scorers in Miami Heat history. His 32 points against the LA Lakers forced his name into their records books, becoming the franchise leader in consecutive 30-point games with five.
LeBron has since extended that streak, which ended at seven after a 24-point showing on February 20.
February 12: LeBron stands alone as the NBA record holder.
Just a game later, James broke through and set the NBA record for most consecutive 30-point, 60-percent shooting games at six. In a win against the Portland Trail Blazers, LeBron had 30 points, six rebounds and nine assists on 73.3 percent shooting.
James could have extended his streak to seven games, however was unable as he missed just a single shot too many against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 14. LeBron's 39 points, 12 rebound and seven assists lead the Heat to another victory, but his 14-of-24 field goals denoted a 58.3 percentage.
February 23: LeBron registers his 35th triple-double.
In a career littered with accolades, the one James is most often synonymous with is the triple-double. While he's had just 35 in a 10-year career, LeBron ranks seventh in NBA history.
His 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers secured his 35th triple-double, despite much controversy. Many disagreed with James' desire to remain in the game until he snatched his 10th rebound, as the Heat lead by 16 when it happened.
LeBron made a case for himself, though:
"I was going to stay out there until I got it," James said. "I wasn't going to let this one slip away. I've had too many games where I was one assist, one rebound away. I wasn't coming out."
How impressive was LeBron James' month?
While playing for stats is frowned upon my most, LeBron was entirely correct with his reasoning.
February 26: LeBron has career-high 16 assists.
It took two overtimes, but the Heat managed to handle the rowdy Sacramento Kings and extend their winning streak to 12. Miami outscored the Kings 17-5 in the second period of extra time, but LeBron showcased his passing across the entire game.
James had 16 assists on the night, setting a new career-high in passing. James also had a season-high 40 points, knocking down 14-of-23 shots to convert on 60.9 percent.
His assist total was impressive within itself, however James turned the ball over just twice on the night, making his feat all the more remarkable.
In summary, LeBron James' month of February was undoubtedly fantastic. Whether it was scoring, passing or a mix of all his skills, he showcased them expertly. James should be the favorite to secure this season's MVP, if he isn't already.
All statistics sourced from espn.com/nba/statistics.
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