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Since falling in the 2011 NBA Finals, James has been nearly unstoppable in four regular-season games against the Mavericks, averaging a double-double of 28.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.
In the first quarter, James had little to no trouble attacking the basket, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Jae Crowder of the Mavericks put up a fight, but to no avail.
"The King" scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, but he did have a slight issue with his four turnovers.
No one on the interior gave James much of a hassle as he ran through defenders on a regular basis. The locomotive that is LeBron James just couldn't be stopped once he committed to getting to the rim. In fact, all of his first-half field goals came in the paint.
With the Mavericks going on a major 19-4 run in the third quarter, James took over and pulled his team out of its collective lull, hitting a big three-pointer and a couple of pullup jumpers.
James would score 11 total points in the quarter to give the Heat an 11-point lead.
A step-back jumper at the 2:04 mark of the fourth quarter put Miami back up by three points at 102-99.
This was the eighth game in his career where James has scored 30 or more points against the Dallas Mavericks. His final line of the night was 39 points on 14-of-18 from the field, 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, six rebounds and four assists.
Final Grade: A +