How LeBron James Builds a Late-Game Takeover for the Miami Heat in 6 Easy Steps

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How LeBron James Builds a Late-Game Takeover for the Miami Heat in 6 Easy Steps
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LeBron James mugs for the camera during a game against the Bobcats on Sunday.

It's no secret that LeBron James' ridiculously high level of play is the reason for the Miami Heat’s 26-game win streak. That is not a huge revelation, but it should not be overlooked either.

Sure, the entire team is playing like a unit possessed. But—as it has been ever since he went from being the Akron Hammer to the Miami Mallet—the Heat live and die by the play of their king.

Miami is finally playing like everyone thought they would when James and Chris Bosh first arrived in South Beach. The Heat have not lost since Feb. 1, and are beginning to close in on the NBA record 33-game win streak held by the 1971-72 Lakers.

It is not like the road has been completely smooth for the Heat. They have had a few scares along the way, most notably to the Kevin Garnett-less Celtics and the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers last week.

In both games, the Heat faced large deficits and strong performances from their opponents. Also in both games, the Heat won once James decided to assert his will on whoever was unlucky enough to get in his way.

At this point, other teams should see it coming. There is a formula James seems to be employing to make sure the Heat keep winning while still making sure their games are entertaining.

The Celtics and Cavaliers games are perfect case studies for breaking down just how LeBron has made the rest of the league kneel before his majesty.

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